Here is my essay for black belt grading.
Good afternoon, Masters, families and friends.
My taekwondo journey started in 2020 just before COVID. When I started training, I didn’t really like it because at the time to me it was really boring, it was only kick here, kick there and block. But still I was forced to go whenever there was class.
Not soon after came lockdown and I heard about online training, I didn’t do it because I still wasn’t interested enough. The next lockdown I decided that I would try online training because there was nothing else to do. This started to interest me more in taekwondo and when we could have face to face training again, I was more than happy to attend.
After the second lockdown I heard about FAST and wanted to join because some of my friends were doing it and it would improve my fitness. After many FAST trainings I had the strength to be of the Warriors team.
I had my first competition at the Gold Coast Open and enjoyed it as well as the many other competitions after that.
The poomsae at the Gold Coast Open got me interested and wanted to join the Poomsae Class, so I tried once and kept doing it. Then I also competed in many other poomsae competitions.
Both sparring and poomsae have made an impact on my life, physical and mentally. After having these two trainings it made dedicated me to taekwondo. Training everyday made me able to learn techniques faster and make more friends. Of course, it wouldn’t have been without my Masters.
Thank you, Master Brian, for always having a very sharp eye for my mistakes in both poomsae and sparring. The lessons you have taught me will never be forgotten and the way you teach me has changed my attitude to taekwondo.
Thank you, Master Joyce, for encouraging me from the very start of my journey, teaching me all the basic techniques and continuing to coach me at every class.
Thank you, Master Bryanna, for coaching me in both sparring and poomsae and especially helping me stop my bad habits like my hammer fist punches and being a chicken.
Thank you, Master Benecia, for also coaching me in sparring and poomsae and for yelling at me to kick sharper (although most of the time I don’t do so). Thank you for training me to be fitter and stronger mentally and physically.
Thank you to my Dad and for helping me to improve and encouraging me and to my Mum for finding WeiWu in the first place. Thank you, Isabel, for letting me teach you the basic techniques so I can learn how to be a coach myself and to both my parents for making time in their day to drive me to training and helping me to improve.
Taekwondo has been a great experience to improve my fitness and to learn how to protect myself and others. I know that Black Belt is not the end of my journey and I’m keen to learn all the things that come after this achievement and to also compete in many more competitions in both sparring and poomsae.