“…more confidence in myself…”

More unedited Karate Black Belt Essay… from Mr. Sammy Ramirez…

When I signed up for Taekwondo it was because my brother and I would get picked on a lot.  My mom took us to try out for the classes and we liked it and thought it was fun.  It has helped me gain more confidence in myself and a little better at self-control.  I still need a little more work, but I am slowly improving.  I am not shy like I used to be since I’ve been taking classes and I am more aggressive.

I enjoy Taekwondo classes because it helps me with all the energy that I have.  Sometimes it wears me out, but mostly gets more hyper.  Becoming a Black Belt makes me proud because it shows for all the hard work that I have been doing.  It has also brought me closer to my brothers and sister.  When we take classes together we have more fun together because we a re usually fighting a lot.  Getting my Black Belt makes me very happy and shows that I have improved from when I first get started.

Earning my Black Belt shows that I worked hard for something and it took me time to earn it.  It wasn’t easy getting to this day and I didn’t think I would make it, but my mom made me keep coming no matter what.  I’m glad she did because if she didn’t I wouldn’t be getting my Black Belt today.  Taekwondo has taught me that if you really want to something you have to work hard for it and earn it because I deserve it.  A Black Belt is not something that is given to you, it’s something you work for.  I am proud to have something to show for all my hard work..

Thanks Mr. Ramirez!






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