Black Belt Essay – Mr. B. Chan, 9 years-old, October 2013
I’ve wanted to get my black belt since I started Tae Kwon Do over two years ago. It’s been mostly my only goal and I think it’s almost everyone’s goal when they start.
Earning my black belt would be so awesome because it would show that I worked really hard. It will also give me a chance to maybe be a side instructor and help other kids earn theirs as well. If they are having a hard time, I can tell them I know how they feel and I had a hard time sometimes too. I can tell them that “They Can Do It” and to try their hardest.
Not everyone makes it to a black belt because of no changes sometimes. Everyone has at least one unless you are perfect. Everyone goes through a no change at least once and that includes me. I thought I would get it in no time flat but I had a no change and missed some testings. I was a little upset when I had a no change because I didn’t break my board. My Mom and Dad still cheered me on even though I didn’t break my board because they knew I tried my hardest and that’s all that matters. The worse part about the no change was that it broke my streak of always passing. I thought I had an impenetrable shield to keep the no changes out. I found out that even if I failed, it wasn’t the end of the world and I kept moving on.
At my first tournament, I only got a spirit medal and I didn’t get any others. It made me want to work harder. At my next tournament, I worked really hard at it. I was so nervous and hoped I got somewhere good. I couldn’t believe it when they called my name and I got to go up on the stand. I got 4th please in sparring. Wow! It made me feel really good. I didn’t get anything in forms but that’s ok.
The Tenants of Tae Kwon Do mean a lot to me. I have a hard time with some of them though but I know I always show Integrity. I almost always stick to the things I believe in and I’m honest. Ms. Lacy asked who picked at the floor and I told her it was me. It was hard and I had consequences but I was glad I told the truth.
My Red Belt has been my favorite belt so far. It has lots of jumps and kicks. The hardest part for me is my boards but Young Mr. Lacy has helped me a lot and he keeps pushing me forward and giving me tips. When I finish with him, I just know I can do it!
I am totally excited to go onto my next level. First of all, because I get to line up first and second of all, because it will be fun and it shows how hard I’ve worked. Once I earn my probationary Black Belt, I’m going to keep on going. I will keep working at it and working at. I don’t know if I will ever stop. When I hear them call my name at the award ceremony, I will be so happy and everyone will see how hard I’ve worked.