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My karate journey

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EmilyM

I’ve been training in karate for over seven years now and I am a brown belt. I would like to share how karate has helped me develop as a person and provided me with the tools for self-defence.

Firstly, I am going to talk about karate as a self-defence martial art because that is what it is. In a world where we are exposed more and more to the dangers of crime, it is important to know  a few self-defence moves because no one knows if they might end up in a situation where they have to use them. Through karate, I have developed the speed in which to react when someone throws a punch and I have learnt how to get out of grabs and holds.

What do I like most about my karate training? I enjoy that every lesson I go to, I am guaranteed to learn something new and no karate lesson is ever the same. As well as that, all the instructors are awesome. They know everyone by name, they all want what’s best for their students and they give up their own time each week to teach which is really inspiring.

Karate has also developed my character and my personality. I’m very shy and I didn’t think that I’d be training for as long as I have done and enjoying it as much as I do. I’m on a high after a karate lesson. Admittedly, there are weeks where I do feel down about karate, but most people get that occasionally. Karate has definitely improved my self-confidence.  I was an assistant instructor for two years. I helped teach in a class which I never thought I’d be able to do, but I did and I am very proud of myself for having achieved that and I do hope to do it again in the future.

My main goal in karate is to achieve my black belt, which I will continue to strive to reach.  My favourite karate-based quote is “a black belt is a white belt who never quit” because it’s such a simple yet powerful message which teaches us not to give up on our dreams.

To conclude, I’m enjoying my karate journey and I am glad that it’s helped to shape the person that I am today. I can’t imagine my life without it. I’ve been training in karate for over seven years now and I am a brown belt. I would like to share how karate has helped me develop as a person and provided me with the tools for self-defence.

Discussion

Have you ever tried karate? If so, did you enjoy it? If not, would you like to try karate one day? 

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Jairocuevas6 29 May, 2014 - 05:11

to me that sport is one that I like more, in fact my younger brothers are in karate, I once had the opportunity to be in this sport, but lack of interest to leave, but now I realize that is a magnificodeporte and known many people to thank the many places, and I hope my brothers who are in seizing the opportunity to get very far

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Ash94 24 November, 2013 - 14:26

Hi friends,
I also practiced karate long time ago.At that time I enjoyed it very much.And I'm completely agree with EmiliM, that karate is very helpful to develop our personality. But unfortunately I had to stop doing karate due to my higher studies.
Best regards, Ash

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Natalija 10 September, 2013 - 13:52

Hi, Ellen!
Yes, I like Lady Gaga's song Applause. And Katy Perry's song is even better, I like Roar so much and can't stop listening it, it's been one of her best songs, maybe the best.
<3

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saba 9 September, 2013 - 09:57

i went to karate classes for 5 or 6 sessions but i was very busy and i left it i liked it and i'll probably try it again someday

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Natalija 7 September, 2013 - 08:55

Hi! I'm perfect, thanks:-).
My favourite TV programs're American TV shows mostly, like Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls, One Three Hill, Pretty Little Liars etc. I like high school TV shows, because it's very similar to our lives.
What do you usually watch?
I didn't watch MTV music awards, but I follow the news about it and this year it was very unusual. I guess you watched Miley Cyrus's performance and I have no words to describe how awful it was. She completely destroyed herself. I used to listen her earlier, when she had awesome songs, but no any more. What do you think of her performance and about the song We can't stop? Do you like Lady Gaga's new singl Applause?

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ellen 9 September, 2013 - 15:57

Hello natalija.
So Do I.
I watched American TV shows mostly, Ellen Degeneres, X Factor, Gossip Girl and s.on
and i often watched Turkey programmes every day.
For example, all programmes, ~Bana hersey yakisir~, ~Kızlar ve Aneleri~ ,
some series ~Pis Yedili~ ,~intikam~, ~Lale Devri~, ~Muhtesem yuzyil~ and s.on.
And in some cases I watching Russia channels.
i watch MTV music awards, it was very spectular ceremony.
yes, i agree with your comments.
I watched Miley Cyrus's performance and i dont like it.
Her performance it was very awful.
Yes, i like Lady Gaga's new singl Applause.
i think very nice single.
Do you like Lady Gaga's new singl Applause?
Do you like katy Perry new single is ~ROAR~?
i waiying your comments.

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ellen 5 September, 2013 - 15:46

Hello Natalija.
How are you.
I think is everthing ok>
My opinon is vegetarianism very good. Couze, If people thinks about the healths, let they is as like vegeterian.
I think your healty it is very nice , so nice.
I want to be vegeterian very soon. Couse, I like very fruits and vegetables.
I am such a fed in daily life. Very amazing.
Because, you always eat fruit and vegetables.
I will go to school in 16th september.
I am very excidet , too.
Whivh is you favorite proggrame Tv?
Are you watching Mtv music awards 2013.?
i watching it is very nice.
C.U

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Natalija 3 September, 2013 - 19:17

Hi, Ellen! <3
Yeah, I'm happy and excited about getting back to school:-). My first lesson at school was the biology lesson and the name of the lesson is Biological adaptations, and we had to write an essay at English class about the challenge of our summer, very interesting.
Since I'm a vegetarian, I mostly eat fruits and vegetables. I like home made food most, and although I'm a vegetarian I eat fish. I prepare food by myself mostly and my parents say that I'm so complicated about nutrition that they gave up:-). I read plenty healthy vegetarian recipes on Internet, so I use them in kitchen. I tried to convert some of my friends to be vegetarian, but it's an impossible mission :D.
I find that being a vegetarian is very good for health, but for animals as well. I think that killing an animal for food is a very cruel act and that animals're our friends, and why should we kill them?
I also like the proverb You're what you eat and I think it's true.
What's your opinion abut vegetarianism? do you think it's good or bad? Why?
When will your school start?
<3

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ellen 3 September, 2013 - 07:11

Hello Natalija.
you must be very happy. I know it is wonderful feels.
which was your first lesson at school?
You are a vegetarian. Write about your own be fed.
Thanks.

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Natalija 2 September, 2013 - 20:42

Hi Ellen! :-)
Yes, I'm so exciting about getting back to school. I like most the first day of school, everyone is talking the experiences of summer, I meet my friends, new professors(I got two new professors this year), a new subject(logic) and in my school the first day is like a fashion week. Everyone's wearing their newest gorgeous clothes and girls spend hours in front of mirror in the morning. Girls in my school really carry about fashion and there you can find any style of clothes:-). Today didn't happen anything especial, just usual things. I met my friends, some of them I haven't seen the whole summer, one new student came to our class.
Serbians carry a lot about fashion in general, especially girls and women. Young girls're very modern and they put a lot of make up and wear modern clothes, usually heels, skirts, dresses, shorts etc.

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ellen 1 September, 2013 - 17:28

Hello Natalija.
So do I.
I prepare for school. I have not yet begun my school.
How it is you felling?
Are you excaiting?
I wish you school lives best regrads. I am sue this year for you it is very lucky.
Yeah, I agree with your cooments. I dont like very make up.Just the basics, like lip gloss and powder.
In my country fashion style is modern. By the way I like modern style.
Yes, in my country carry a lot about fashion.
And you country?
What's the fashion style of people in your country?
Do they carry a lot about fashion?
How is you fashion style?
What happened at school?
Truly your friend ellen.

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Natalija 1 September, 2013 - 08:35

HI!
I'm fine, thanks. I'm preparing for getting back to school tomorrow after a long holiday:-). Has your school already started?
I like Golden Rose company too:-). I like their lip gloss.
I don't like make over very much, because I don't like changing my style very often. Make over means that you change all at you, starting from hair to clothes, and I don't like that at all. I don't put make up neither, just the basics, like lip gloss and mascara. I don't like make up. Do you wear some make up?
What's the fashion style of people in your country? Do they carry a lot about fashion?

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ellen 31 August, 2013 - 17:05

Hello pal.....................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
How are you?
I think, You are very fashinable.Because, you wear very nice company clothes.
So do I.
I often use very famaos brand. For example, first ~Chanel~its clothes and bags, later, ~Praqa~bags and shirts.
I also use ~Armani~ company clothes.
I also, I use lacquer from ~Golden Rose ~at most companies.
I like wearing high heels shoes.
I also wear clothes from these brands: Prada , H&M, Lily Pulitzer etc.
Do you like makover?
What is your makover style like?
Thanks.

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Natalija 30 August, 2013 - 13:45

Hi, Ellen!
It seems you're a very good cooker, well done:-). You have a lot of time to improve your cooking, don't worry. :-)
I have many favourite fashion brands, but the majority of them're so expensive that I can't buy them very often, just once in a while. But I prefer my clothes to be qualitative than to have bunch of cheep clothes. These're my favourite brands: Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Prada, Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent etc. These brands're really expensive and I have just a few clothes from them, like Louis Vuitton bag and purse, Calvin Klein jeans and some dresses by Chanel.
I also wear clothes from these brands: Forever 21, H&M, J.Crew, Lily Pulitzer etc. They're cheaper and the majority of my clothes is by them. I prefer wearing dresses,skirts and cardigans.
What fashion companies do you like? What is your fashion style like?

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ellen 30 August, 2013 - 08:48

Hello Naralija.
Oh you are vegeterian. I didnt know. I think the vegeterians be healty and hale and hearty.
I want to be vegeterian.
Yes,I wanted more than anything in my life cooking.Makers of time to eat, my mother,I say; Mam may I cook , pleace.
Everybody approves meals that I cooked. Sometimes, it is not very nice my dish.
My favorite dish are vegetables salad, Capital salad (by the way, the salad is very popular in Azerbaijan.)
stuffed(is talish national dish.) and s.on.

What are you prefer fashion firms clothes?

Thanks.

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Natalija 28 August, 2013 - 12:33

Hi, Ellen!
Yes, you're right, Belgrade is famous for its'fortresses. Kalemegdan is the most famous fortress, but it is also a park. I like Kalemegdan a lot, and I like to hang out with my friends at Kalemegdan. You're right, the origin of the word Kalemegdan is Turkish, because Serbia was under the Ottoman empire for centuries.
Thanks for telling me about your daily routine. You wake up very early.
Yes, I can cook. I mostly prepare fish and dishes made from vegetables, since I'm vegetarian. My recipes're quite simple, but very tasty and healthy. I like cooking because it's very creative and relaxing, and I think every girl should know to prepare her favourite dishes. My favourite dishes're fish with Greek salad, apple pie, pumpkin pie, rice pudding, cheese cake, pancakes, cheese, lentil, peas, chocolate cake, grilled cheese, filled mushrooms etc. You mentioned you cooked sometimes. What do you like cooking? :-)

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ichigo95 27 August, 2013 - 00:43

ME TOO THE karate is my favorite sport and i am training but i am in yellow belt i am in the begining i would like to take blake belt

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ellen 26 August, 2013 - 16:06

Hello Natalija.
I am also Azerbaijanian citizen. I know Azerbaijan language , too.
Talish small people in Azerbaijan. We are muslims, too.
I look at Google earth programme to Belgrade city.
It is really amazing and beautiful city.
Belgrade city has got many ancient buildings and fortress.
I look at to The~Kalemegdan~ fortress.
This fortress, very quite grandiose.
What about the kalemegdan?
Tell, me say some think.
I think ~Kalemegdan~ it is turk of origin.
~Kale~meanings is ~fortress~and ~megdan~ meanings is ~Square~.
You also look at Google earth programme to Astara city.
My daily it is very changable. Because, I often change my rejime.
But, my main rejime is it.
So, first, I get up very early.
Because,As all Muslims, I am praying to God.. Approximately, I get up 05:30 o"clock.
Later, I again sleeped. I again get up 07:30 or 08:00 o"clock.
I go in for sport 09:00.
Later, I have breakfast. So, I help my mother.
After, I read some books.So , I have lunch.(Sometimez I cooking), After, I watching TV.
So, I to engage in computer.
And in the end I sleeping is 23:00 or 24:00 o"clock.
Can you cooking?
Which is you favorite dishes?
Thanks.

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Natalija 24 August, 2013 - 18:37

Hi!
I didn't know you were Talish. So, you have Iranian origin too. That's cool. I read on Wikipedia that the number of Talish people is very small, about 230.000 people.
My daily routine, during the holidays, is like this: I wake up at 8:30, take a shower, have a breakfast and after that, I usually go to swimming pool or to Ada Ciganlija(it's place for swimming, in Belgrade).
I play sports a lot in summer, like tennis, swimming, horseback riding, rollerblading etc. I read a lot of books and try to spend as much time as possible outdoors. I usually go out in evenings, and hang out with friends, till 10 o'clock. I go to bed at 11 o'clock mostly. What is your summer daily routine like?
Yes, life in the city offers many facilities, but I find life in the village good as well. You can enjoy in nature, in fresh air, there is no crowd and it is peaceful and relaxing. I went to village just a few of times, and I liked it.
Belgrade is the capital of Serbia, it has a population of 2 million habitants and it is very crowded, but not as much as other European capitals. I like Belgrade very much, although I wasn't born there and I grew up in other country. I visited Belgrade for the first time five years ago. I've been living there for 4 years. I am Serbian, but I lived in Spain for years.
Belgrade is a very ancient city, one of the ancientest European cities and the biggest city on the territory of ex Yugoslavia. It has many monuments and sites to visit. It has a beautiful theatre, Kalemegdan(the biggest park in Belgrade, my favourite place, situated near the river Danube), than Tower of Belgrade and many others. It has a very rich culture and it is a center of many manifestations and festivals. There are many museums, with material that dates from Romanian period. There is also a very good and old university, with many good colleges. It's famous for its' nigh life, pubs, clubs etc. Many people from neighbourhood come to my city to have fun and a good time. It is also popular tourist destination.
:-)

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ellen 24 August, 2013 - 09:38

Hello Natalija.
Yeah, Astara neigboors is Iran.
Astara it is very nice Azerbaijan religion and city.
Talysh in Azerbaijan through the town of Astara city was one of the ancient and sophisticated.
I am Talish too.
curriculum teacher is --Let's say~ a modern teaching method~
How it is you Daily routine?
I have received information about Belgrade on wikepedia.
really, it isvery nice city, especially, its nights.
You are very lucky to live in the city.
give me a little bit about Belgrade?
thanks my friend.

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Natalija 23 August, 2013 - 11:04

Hi, Ellen!
Is Astara on the border with Iran? I think I read that somewhere, but I'm not sure. What is Astara like?
I like your father's profession. You said once that you'd like to study science, and it's probably a family occupation. :-)
I don't know what is curriculum teacher. Can you explain me?
:-)

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mpampoll 22 August, 2013 - 16:13

hi guys!!!!!!!!!!my name is maria and i am from greece.........i have ever tried karate i uset to go judo for about two years.it was susch an amazing experience..........but i am going to stop to go a sport by which become a little taller.........i really liked it and i one day i surely start again........... KISSES GIRLS............

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fianeso 19 August, 2013 - 14:11

i start training karate when i was 6. and i to have my black belt to become a teacher of karate.
just for in formation the karate is divided into three kinds :kata ,keyan and kumite.

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fianeso 19 August, 2013 - 14:29

Hi SARAH. You think that the karate(who is my sport and i am brown belt )is more mascular, and l am not with you in this point.don't forget that the karate is a self-defence sport ,and the girls or women can be attacked by a criminel such as the men so the woman must practise a sport which help her to develop her self-defence.

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SARAH K 1 September, 2013 - 12:23

Hi, fianeso.
Thanks for your comment. This is only my opinion that I wrote based in my person, my character. I am a weak person, the less sporty person in this univers, and I can not see not only karate but every kind of sport (except swimming and aerobi) as a female sport.
I am sorry if you have not understand it well.

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RehinaParker 29 July, 2013 - 15:13

I have try its hard but i really enjoy it....... I was 6 years old when i try but i leave because I doesnt have time to learn.........

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Natalija 26 July, 2013 - 17:13

Hi, neighbor!
I'm glad you had a nice experience in Serbia, I like Macedonia too:).
Greetings!

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Natalija 4 August, 2013 - 09:55

Hi Ellen! :D
Long time no see:D. I am fine, thanks. How r u? What's up?
Did you have a good time in Europe? :D

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ellen 5 August, 2013 - 13:33

hello Natalija.
Nice to meet you again.
I am fine. because, I am fasting today.
How are you?
Yes, I had been Turkey.
Turkey it is amazing country.
It was very nice time.
i had been Ankara, Antalya and Bodrum.
I'm a quick to return .
Because, I had been definate problems.
And you?
Have you been any country?
I miss you my friend.
Thanks.
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Natalija 5 August, 2013 - 20:46

Hello Ellen!
I'm fine too, although a bit tired. In my country temperature is over 38 degrees C and I can't stand it anymore:D.
Turkey is a great choice for summer, I believe you had a great time. I visited Ankara and Bodrum a few years ago, but I have never been to Antalya. It's a pity you had to return so fast, but it was a good time anyway.
I was in Spain, like every year. I returned a few days before. I had a very good time. I went on cruise with my friends and family, but I am persuading my mom to change our vacation destination, because every year is the same:D. It is always Spain. I'll probably go to Greece, to Athens. I can't wait.
I miss you too :D
All the best,
your friend Natalija.

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ellen 6 August, 2013 - 07:09

Hello Natalija.
I agree with your comments, because in my country temperature is over 35 degrees C.
It is very sunny..................
OOO you had been in Spain. I dont have been in Spain.
But I would want to be in future.
Where were you go to in Spain?
Maybe, you spend very enjoyable time.
When do you start school?
Thank you my buddy.

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Natalija 7 August, 2013 - 10:10

Ellen,
I was in Barcelona, I grew up there and I have a house there. I visited some old friends. Yes, I spend a very good and enjoyable time, food and people were great.
I will start school on 1st September. Our holiday is finishing soon and I don't look forward to school very much at the moment, I just wish it could last for a week longer. :(. When will your school start? Are you exicted about getting back to school?
:D

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ellen 8 August, 2013 - 09:31

Hello Natalija
How are you Today?
I like Barcelona.
my favorite team its.
And Which is you favorite team?
I will back to school 16 September.
yes, I exicted about getting back to school. i like school very.
I miss to school.
and you?
Are you exicted about getting back to school?
How many children have you class?
My eternal friend

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Natalija 11 August, 2013 - 21:10

Hi, Ellen :).
I feel prefect and happy today, thanks. How are you? I don't have a fave team, I don't follow football. But I think Barcelona is a good team. Yes, I am excited about getting back to school, but I wish we had a week more. It's been a wonderful summer, I met so many new people, made friends and it was the best summer ever.
We have 21 children in class. What about you?

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ellen 12 August, 2013 - 10:01

Hello Natalija.
I am fine, thanks............
So do I.I don't have a fave team. I don^t like football, but I have favorite football teams.
My brother footbal fan. He favorite comanda Real-Madrid.
We have 23 children, But next year interests of some students in the school.
When you go to school?
morning or afternoon?
Have you got various labaratory your school?
Which you school lessons are taught in the language of your country?
Thanks..............

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Natalija 14 August, 2013 - 13:28

Hello, Ellen! :-)
I go to school every morning, from 8 am till 2 o'clock. We don't have many laboratories at school, because my school isn't so rich to provide them, but we have one laboratory for science, for physics and for chemistry. It's a good laboratory, although very modest and we don't have all things we need for experiments. We don't have many clubs neither, just drama club, music club, club for recitation and some sports club. Do you have many clubs? Do you take part in some of them?
We learn all subjects in Serbian, even the languages. My French and English professors teach us in Serbian, although we have conversations in that languages from time to time. Do your professors teach you in the language that is spoken in Azerbaijan only?

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ellen 16 August, 2013 - 08:41

Hi,Natalija!..........)))))))))))))))))
So do I .
We school has not any labarotories.
Yes, We don't have many clubs neither, just music club and sport club.
We all lessons are held in the Azerbaijani language.
But, I would like to be bathing in other languages​​.
We learn at school English and Russian languages.
But, my favorite language only is English.
I go to school every morning, from 7:30 am till 2 or 2:30 o'clock.
How many students in your school are usually?
How many classes in your school are usually?
This year, the school can uniform.?
Thanks.........................

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Natalija 16 August, 2013 - 12:18

Hi, Ellen:-)
Russian is a cool language, I'd like to learn it. My school is very small, so we have about 250 students. How many students does your school have? Is it a small or a big school? We usually have 6 or 7 classes daily, and it can be really exhausting. But I got used to it. We don't have uniforms, but I wish we had.

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