I have been taking karate classes at the Academy for six years. During these six years, I have grown a great amount. I was a small child, whose attention span was less than ten seconds, and was as shy as anyone could be when it came to being in front of a group. I slowly gained confidence in myself and I could see that others gained confidence in me also. At times, I would lose this confidence and I would almost quit, and then someone would tell me that I could do it, and they would actually take time to work with me. I started to do better in classes, at karate and in school.