In 2012, when I was 9, I started karate with my brother Noah. When I joined, I was of course nervous at first, but I got through the 5 years that I have been at the dojo. I learned a lot at my time doing karate for example, listening, so I can get my katas right and know how to do my moves properly. It helps me exercise every week and keeps me fit.
I learned how to use a Bo Staff, Katana and Kali Sticks for a year and a half, it’s pretty cool just knowing how to use real world weapons. Karate changed and made me become a different person than when I joined before like being a fitter person, knowing how to fight, being observant and be quick thinking and be more flexible and stronger. I made a lot of friends and helped some of my friends since they were a white belt.
We do special events like movie making where we make a karate movie with a group of students that will be put on YouTube and be shown at a movie night in the Dojo. There are Tournaments where we show our best Katas, Point/Continuous Sparring, Sumo, Jumping Sidekicks and some others that we can compete in. We do a Breaking Seminar were we break multiple wooden boards of different densities and Shihan breaks concreate or ice blocks at the seminar. When we are ready for a new belt we go to a Grading where we do all of the Katas, Self Defence and we get tested on our mental and physical strength.
All of these different events not only help me improve my abilities, but also to grow more confident within myself.
By Daniel Griffin (13 years old)