Hello, Respected Masters, parents and friends, thank you for being here and watching my grading. My name is Yangchi Lama and I initially started taekwondo in grade 3 at my old school (R.E.P.S taekwondo). I always wanted to do some type of martial art, for fitness, self defence and mostly just to look cool. I enjoyed it a lot and wanted to continue. But soon after we moved house meaning I couldn't continue and that’s when I considered joining a club.
Soon enough my parents found a flyer in our post box saying Joon’nos / Weiwu’s taekwondo was opening nearby and my dad wanted me to give it a try. I still remember my first class, how scared and nervous I was. Even making eye contact with the masters was difficult because I was very shy and quiet at the time. Then Sara joined with me and likewise other talented students as well. I also started making new friends and became more of a social person.
When I was confident enough I began to compete in competitions even if I was contested or not. Learning new things and experiencing different types of things made me more stronger and confident as a person.
Moreover, Taekwondo has really helped me to become confident and different person. I definitely have become a better role model and a leader. So lastly I would just like to thank, Master Brian for helping me with most of my gradings, Master Joyce for communicating with my parents and informing them about all the important updates and lastly Master Bryanna and Master Benecia for not giving up on me and yelling out “Yangchi kick faster!” when I needed it. And lastly thank you everyone for supporting me.