Magazine topic: 
Sport

My karate journey

by : 
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? 

Comments