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.
A big part of what I love about SKC is the willingness to serve. Anything I have needed help with here, either as an Instructor or as a student, the owners of this school have come through for me time and again. I really believe that this is the best place for parents to bring their kids! So long as the child puts in the effort, they can succeed. The parent will also need a time investment to help their children keep on track with their special stripes, testing/graduation schedules, and practice at home for them to really succeed here. I have seen people here go from young children to impressive and accomplished young adults who compete in Kickboxing or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, perform in our Demonstration Team, and even become Instructors!