Road Rage Incident Inspires Karate Journey

From Taxi Dad to Black Belt Candidate.
November 11, 2016
Tim, 12 and going for Black Belt.
November 12, 2016

To start off my story I need to take you back to where it began and one day I was coming home from work and was already in a bad mood, and I had a guy come right up behind me and nearly caused a accident, because I was already in a bad mood I stuck my finger up at this person as I let him past me. He was not impressed with my gesture so he thought it would be a good idea to slow down and follow me home. Once I got out of my car he also thought it was a good idea to tell me about my road rag even though he followed me to my house. It was a situation that I was involved with but was also not in the wrong however I felt I was not able to protect myself and this scared me very much. This is the story that started my karate career as I thought that this is something I need to fix.

I thought in my head that I needed to become more aggressive, however it didn’t take me long to realise that this is not the answer. The answer is that I needed to be more in control of my emotions and not get myself into silly situations. I have never been an aggressive person and I don’t think I will ever become an aggressive person; with karate I think I have become a more self-assured person and a lot more calm in high pressure situations. I feel that I am a much better person to my wife, my Son (who has come along during my karate time) and to my friends.

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I also feel I need to add this as before starting karate I had problems with addiction and thought that I had control of my issue. In my head I knew something was wrong but was unable to admit this to myself and that it had control of me. I tried to stop many times with no success. I was lost and had no idea that I was so far gone. Karate came at the right time for this in my life because I was able to get my fitness back and to meet new friends who showed me that I was a good person and people did want to be around me (I hope anyway). It gave back the love to learning new and sometime difficult things and also the love I have for helping people. Being back in a team environment was the best way for me to leave my old habits and I was able to stop without much effort it just seemed to happen. I truly believe that karate helped me shake the worst issue in my life. And it’s something I will never forget.

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I love the changes I have gone through over the last 4 and bit years. I feel like I’m going to be a better husband and most of all I’m going to be a much better dad. Having my son has changed my life so much and I believe if I was not able to control my issues then it would be my son who would have suffered. My son is my world and now that I am as calm as I am now means that I don’t fly off the handle for the little things and having a child there is so many little things you need to deal with. I want my son to do karate and I know this might sound weird but I think I’m going to make him do karate. I don’t want to make my son do much but I think karate is one thing I will push. I don’t need him to do it is whole life however the lessons you learn at karate are so huge to someone’s life. I look at all the kids at the dojo and all the kids who make it to the higher belts are by far some of the best kids I know. Their attitudes towards themselves and others are exceptional and I want that for my son. I believe the best way for my son to go through this is to do it with me. I want the best for my son and I really believe karate will be a great start. So I have set myself a goal;

My goal is to be a Sensei by the time my son gets his junior black belt.

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It’s also funny that when I started karate I thought that getting your black belt was the end game and now I know that it’s not even close to the end game, it’s only the start of the game. I had no idea how big a deal karate would become in my life.

I have a full tattoo sleave of my karate life and it’s a tattoo I wear very proudly. I don’t think many people know this but I have had it unfinished for a couple of years now and once I get my black belt is something I will be able to get finished. It’s a funny little issue I have and it’s that you have to wait for things. So I made a deal with myself to have this tattoo unfinished until I made my goal. The other funny side to this is that I’m a very start to finish kinda person so it has been hard for me to look at this tattoo knowing that it is unfinished however it reminds me every day that I need to stay on track to finish my goal.

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I’m a very much routine person and karate has been the best fit for me and I am forever grateful. I am also for ever grateful of how karate has changed and moulded my life to help me become the person I am today. I have more self-respect for myself and have a much greater meaning to life now. I love the way I deal with things now and also how I treat my family and friends.

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Thank you Shihan Malcolm for guiding me through this time of my life. I also need to thank all the Black belts for letting me into their life’s and helping me. I could never put into words the feelings I have for our dojo. I can only hope that I can live up to you guys and maybe help the next line of people.
Thank you everyone and please know this is not the end for Chewy..

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