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Another Karate Essay – Anthony Cicinelli on Discipline!

This was one of my favorite Essay’s… on Discipline!

Mr. Cicinelli is now one of our best instructors and going to be a 4th degree Black Belt but this was when he tested for 2nd degree Black Belt… Read about discipline!

What Karate Has Meant to Me – Anthony Cicinelli on discipline…

What karate has meant to me is discipline.  When I first started karate I had little discipline, but now I have a lot more.  Karate has also taught me what to do about bullies.  Before I started karate I always would get bullied, but now I don’t get bullied anymore.  I have learned so much from karate that will help me in life.  When I got to teach some of the summer camp class, I realized that it is not easy to be an instructor and that it takes a lot of experience.  The only thing I am still struggling with honesty but with the help of my instructors I am getting better with my honesty.

My parents are so happy to see me continuing with karate and can’t wait till I get my 2nd degree black belt.  My parents know that I have been training hard for this belt.  What karate also means to me is leadership.  Leadership requires a lot of abilities that I did not have when I was a white belt.

While I was progressing through karate I began to develop some of those leadership skills.  Abilities like communication.  Karate also helps me to be more confident.  I am now confident to talk to my dad’s and mom’s friends that I don’t know.

I also have become more responsible.  I have become responsible by turning in my homework, taking care if my friend’s pets and other things like that.  I also have become responsible, without being asked, by doing my chores like mowing the lawn.  I am also responsible by not being late to school.  Karate has taught me the value of responsibility.  Responsibility is an important part of life and I am glad that I have that skill.

When I get my 2nd degree black belt I will feel like I accomplished something.  I have been training for this moment for over a year, and to get this would mean a lot to me and my family.  This 2nd degree black belt has been a long road to get it but I am glad that I am finally there.  The road has gotten hard at times by getting sick and missing out on classes, and going on vacation for a week and missing some classes.  Overall though I am just glad that I have made it this far in my karate training.

Karate is amazing and I am glad that I am part of the journey.  I would recommend ATA to any of my friends.

Really this was just the start for Mr. Cicinelli – and 4th degree will be just ANOTHER step for him…





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