Celebrating Success

Friday 22 March 2024

Jeevan, in Year 5, is going for his black belt in taekondo. As part of the grading he has written an essay that he would like to share with the Scholes community:

Why I want to be a Black Belt in Taekwondo

As a ten year old boy who loves martial arts, earning a black belt is my biggest dream! It’s not just a cool belt, it’s about what it represents. To me, a black belt means I’ve worked hard, learned a lot, and become stronger, both inside and outside.

Having a black belt shows that I’ve practiced a lot. Every punch, kick, and block takes a lot of practice to get right. Sometimes I make mistakes, but that’s okay because it helps me learn. I imagine wearing a black belt and feeling proud of all the effort and time I’ve put into training. It’s like a trophy, but even better because I can wear it!

Also, a black belt means I’ve learned to be disciplined. In Taekwondo, I need to listen carefully, follow instructions, and respect my teachers and classmates. This has helped me become more focused in school and at home too. I’ve learned that to achieve something great, like a black belt, I need to stay dedicated and work hard, even when it’s tough.

Being brave is another reason I want a black belt. Sometimes learning new moves can be scary, and sparring with partners can be intimidating. But Taekwondo has taught me to face my fears. Earning a black belt would show that I’ve overcome many challenges and become braver. It’s not just about fighting, it’s about having the courage to keep trying, even when I’m afraid.

A black belt also means I can help others. In class, I see people with black belts teaching and helping younger students. I want to be like them. It feels good to share what I’ve learned and to encourage others to keep going, even when it’s hard. Being a black belt is like being a leader, and I want to inspire others by showing them what they can achieve if they don’t give up.

Lastly, I believe having a black belt will make me a better person. It’s not just about being strong in fighting, it’s about being kind, respectful, and patient. Martial arts teach important values, like how to be a good friend and how to stand up for what’s right. I think being a black belt means carrying these values everywhere, not just in the dojang.

A black belt is more than just a belt. It represents hard work, discipline, bravery, the joy of helping others, and becoming a better person. I can’t wait for the day I earn my black belt, but I also know that the journey doesn’t end there. It’s just the beginning of continuing to learn, grow, and maybe one day helping others achieve their dream.