Third Degree Black Belt.Jesse started her karate training in 2004 at the age of 12 when her parents saw a TV commercial promoting the special Summer karate program. Although Jesse wasn’t really interested in learning karate, her parents (like so many other parents) wanted their daughter to have self-defense training.
In the beginning, Jesse felt frustrated because everything was so new and she wanted to do everything perfect.
As Jesse tells it, “I was the most timid and shy person. I had low self-esteem and couldn’t look anyone in the eye. It was the hardest thing for me to step out onto the blue floor and do something on my own. I felt very intimidated because I didn’t know what was going to happen.”
But as the weeks progressed, Jesse kept practicing and practicing until everything was spot-on.
“I remember testing for my Gold belt and didn’t realize how big of a deal it was for me — to do it by myself and pass it by myself. It was then that I realized how much karate was helping me and decided to join the Black Belt Club. By the time I became a Blue Belt, I was completely hooked and taking classes every day.”
“After a year of karate training, practicing everyday, and perfecting all my Katas, I was given the opportunity to start teaching other students as a SWAT instructor — which was the second best thing that’s happened to me because having to explain karate moves and techniques to a child helped me understand karate even more.”
“I’m a very family oriented person but most of my family lives in California. So the bonds I’ve made with the people at David Deaton have been incredible — they’ve become my adopted family. It’s the most important thing that has happened in my life.”