From Led to Leader – An Essay on Mentor-ship

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Karate Kali, An Essay in Leadership

This is an Essay from 2nd Degree Black Belt Candidate Kali (Karate Kali) Johnston.  Through her journey to a Black Belt Life we find that she is following the students who support and encourage her as she grows to be the example for her juniors continuing our legacy. This young Tiny Tiger grows through her training to become a Black Belt and now leads others as an example of Patience and Perseverance.

The Beginning – A Tiny Tiger Influenced by Her Black Belt Instructors

“My name is Kali Johnston, and I joined Wrights ATA when I was 5 years old. I was a Tiny Tiger when I first started and I only knew Daxton. Daxton was a friend from school. He helped throughout the time he was there. He introduced me to Ms. Tashi. That was when I started to want to be a black belt. As a Tiny Tiger, I looked up to all of the other black belts. I also used to think that being a black belt was being strong, being an instructor, or something like that. But, no, not even close.

The Encouragement of Leadership Friends and Instructors

Once I decided to become a black belt I joined the black belt and Leadership Clubs It required me to go to more classes per week. The classes got harder and harder, but I kept going strong. Our forms got longer and they had even harder movers than before. I figured that I needed to practice at home an not just at karate. It took me three years to become a black belt. Once I got the certificate to become a black elt I was so happy. I invited my Nana to come and watch the ceremony. I was so exited that night and nervous too. At the ceremony, I got y black belt and cried tears of joy and happiness. Not long after that something sad happened, Ms. Tashi left. I was so sad. But I kept going. I had some trial and errors during that first year, but Sparkle, Jordan and all of the instructors helped me.

The Rewards of Perseverance, Integrity, Commitment, and Determination

Now that I am a black belt I see myself munch stronger that I was before. Many more people look up to me than when I was a green thru red belt. Being a black belt is way harder than most people thing. Most people think that becoming a black belt is so easy and the process is all cupcakes and rainbows. But, no, becoming a black belt and being a black belt takes perseverance, integrity, commitment, and determination.”

– Kali (Karate Kali) Johnston, 2nd Degree Black Belt Candidate