Second Degree Black Belt.I first started karate training in 2007, when I was 14 years old, which I owe to my Dad.
Like most 14 year old’s with no extracurricular activities, I was sucked into the TV and video games.
One night, while in the middle of another video game, my Dad asked if I wanted to check out the Karate school down the road. Being the lazy teenager, I didn’t want to go. But my Dad didn’t give me much of a choice. And he was right. I NEEDED to pick up some activity — whether it was a sport or crocheting — I needed to do something.
I remember it was Wednesday night — sparring night – when we arrived at the school and I got to watch the Adult Karate Class Spar. Although I didn’t fully understand was going on, it looked interesting.
Then, a girl who worked the front desk asked me if I was interested in joining the karate class. And with a single word, my journey began.
As a socially awkward teenager who barely spoke a word to anyone about anything, being thrown into a class, surrounded by tons of people I didn’t know, doing something I had no clue how to do, It was extremely nerve racking and it tested every ounce of try in my body.
Through karate, I’ve learned so much about who I am as a person. I’ve learned I can overcome any obstacle and that I have more self-confidence than I knew I had.
Now, as a Black Belt, I teach karate to kids at elementary schools hoping to influence at least one to take the same amazing journey I’ve gone through.
Everyone at Deaton Karate treats me like family and I’m also blessed to have such a loving and supporting family at home. And the friends I’ve made here are irreplaceable — you will never make such a strong bond with such an amazing group of people.
All in all, it is hard to come up with words to sum up Karate, this Dojo, and the people in it. I just know I want to stay involved in Karate for the rest of my life.