How has your training made you into the person you are today?
When I was six years old, my mom signed me up for karate at FMAC. I was a very shy kid, and I hid behind my mom the whole time. The first day I stepped out on the mat, I was completely terrified. But every teacher had encouraged me that everything was going to be okay, and that we were going to have fun. Every time FMAC would move I would tell my mom to please let me stay and keep doing it. That’s how much I loved doing karate. Years go by and I realize how much stronger I have become. Because of FMAC, I am not scared of anything, and they help me overcome my shyness. Six years with FMAC has really shaped me into who I am today, and I am very grateful for being a part of it.
Which Black Belt Character helped you the most?
Perseverance is what I developed the most because there was times where I would want to just drop everything and quit, but I kept going because it helped me become a better person. I think it’s very important that kids like me work on developing perseverance because it is what’s going to keep you determined and to achieve the goals you have in life.