Awesome little piece by a 9-year-old. MUST READ: “I wiped my nervous sweat off my face. If I failed, I would be disappointed. I just had to get it right!
Today was my #belttest, a day at my #martialarts dojo when I show my skills to my instructors to determine if I earn a new belt. When we get a new belt, we move higher up the ranks in class. We also earn the respect of our classmates and our teachers. I was really nervous because I knew I had many flaws that needed work. Passing would be hard. What if I did not pass? I pushed these thoughts to the back of my mind in order to not lose my lunch.
To get to the #nextlevel was hard, it took tiring drills and #perseverance. I practiced my roundhouse kicks endlessly. I tried (and many times failed) to #master new techniques and perfect my old ones too. I corrected some of my weaknesses. Eventually, it made me stronger. I wanted to go right to sleep after my lessons. They required #brainpower more than #bruteforce.
I had to trick my opponents and quickly surprise them with powerful moves. I learned from everything and everyone. The best lesson I discovered in martial arts was: if my gut tells me no, do not do it. If I used too much energy, I let my guard down. It was like chess, but with a lot more tackling!
I used all my tricks to help me in the belt test. I felt scared every time an instructor walked by with his #hawkeyes blazing into me. I worked with tight precision, forcing myself to work harder than I ever had before. I imagined that my opponents were my #archenemies (not that I have them!). I took them down with speed. I passed!
When my yellow belt was wrapped around my waist, I was proud and hopeful that I would become a #blackbelt. During the Growth Ceremony, when I received my new belt, I thought I would burst with #happiness!
Each belt test taught me that, if I worked hard enough, I could do great things. When I forge through my #fears, #hopes, and #goals, I can do anything! I just have to be smart and stubborn. A goal fulfilled makes the struggle worth it. When I try my best, a martial arts belt - or even ending world hunger - is within reach.”