At this point in my life, I don’t feel that I have yet made any great achievements. I have always tried my best in school and worked hard at playing many different sports, but don’t think those are things that will be remembered as I grow older – something that you “tell the grandchildren about!” Achieving my black belt would be.
Before starting karate, I was quiet and afraid to try new things. I don’t think that I had all that much confidence. Then I started karate and noticed the difference in how people at the dojo acted. They were confident, but modest. They were strict, but understanding of beginners and their mistake. Over the last few years, by having me complete leadership hours, I’ve become confident as a leader. Also, having to perform in front of large groups of people has made me more confidant in my skills.