Karate Taught Me To Be A Leader

Our students write an essay on what martial arts means to them and how it has affected their lives prior to blackbelt testing. After years of training, recieving your blackbelt is a tremendous honor. The lessons learned are so valuable and will be carried throughout life. Here is an essay from one of our students who is now a junior instructor.

“Karate is not only fun, but a life-long learning experience. Karate hasn’t just taught me how to kick and punch, but has taught me many life lessons. Perseverance, to never give up, and leadership are just two of the things that I have learned throughout my study of martial arts.

Karate has shown me never give up and always keep trying even if something seems impossible. It has shown me to always do the right thing even if it’s hard. It has shown me to keep going and keep pushing. My instructors have always told me keep pushing and no matter what you can always do more. If you only do what you can do, you’ll never be more than what you are.

It has taught me how to be a leader and to step up when others can’t. I enjoy helping others learn not only skills, but the lessons I have learned about self-discipline. Part of growing is sharing what you know with others and always motivating them to be their best.

Karate is a lot of hard work, but when I look at it, it is just a challenge that helps me grow into the best person I can be. Karate has shown me to be committed to whatever I do, whether it be another sport or school. “There’s no comfort in the growth zone and no growth in the comfort zone.” The creed we state at each class truly shows what karate means to me.

“I will develop myself in a positive manner and avoid anything that may reduce my mental growth or my physical health. I will develop self-discipline in order to help bring out the best in myself and others. I will use common sense before self-defense and never be abusive or offensive. This is a black belt school. We are dedicated. We are motivated. We are on a quest to be the best.” ”




Our Martial Arts and Karate lessons for pre-school children ages 3-5 and elementary age kids ages 6 and up are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

East West Martial Arts Adult Martial Arts training in Kali and Jiu Jitsu is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program for adults who want to lose weight, get (and stay in shape) or learn self-defense in a supportive environment. While teaching techniques that save lives with life skills that work both on and off the mat, our students get the best instruction possible.