How Martial Arts Changed My Life
In 2011 I was in my Freshman year of high school. I was an extremely shy and awkward teenager that was far too nervous to speak to people I did not know, let alone speak to large groups! One day my father asked me if I wanted to try out MMA and I was all for it. He brought me to SKC the very next day and I got to try out my first lesson in MMA taught by Mr. Waters!
The lesson was an incredible experience. I learned a lot about myself and it made me very excited to start my martial arts journey! I changed a lot throughout my training at SKC. I gained a lot of self confidence through my training and I felt way better about being able to defend myself. I had to deal with bullying in elementary and middle school when I lived in New York, but I never had to deal with it as much in Augusta, where I started and finished high school. I attribute that to me having much more self confidence after I started my martial arts journey!
I had many challenges to overcome throughout my time here at SKC. My first one was sparring, for sure. After a few times working on it, and some advice from my instructors, I started to feel much more at home while sparring! Years later, I was ready to test for my Black Belt.
On my first attempt to pass the test, I suffered a shoulder injury and was not able to complete the test. After several months of physical therapy and recovery, I tested again 6 months later and earned my black belt! That was one of the proudest moments of my life to have that belt tied around me. I can’t say I enjoyed every minute of my training, but every challenge I faced has made me stronger.