A few weeks ago I took a karate class and I loved it.
One of my best friends fell in love with karate and I can totally see why. It was bring a friend to class week and I was lucky enough to attend.
Going into the class I was really nervous. I didn’t know what to expect and was terrified everyone would laugh at how pathetic my karate skills were. Which is such an absurd thing to worry about. First of all, no one would really be paying attention to me and second of all, since it would be my first class no one could expect me to be a karate ninja!
As the anxious person I am, I went into the class with sweaty hands, but also excitement. To my surprise, the class was filled with people of all ages. I loved how cute the little kids were and how sweet it was to see whole families participating together.
From the beginning of class, I felt empowered. We acknowledged the teacher with loud “Yes, Sir and No, Sir”, we said their mission statement and the Pledge of Allegiance out loud. When was the last time you actually said the Pledge of Allegiance? I definitely felt a sense of pride and respect for this karate school.
Before we got into the moves we played this snake game, which was so much fun! We stood in a circle around the instructor who had a long foam thing aka the snake and we had to jump over the snake or get low on the ground to avoid getting hit. This game was competitive, but also supportive as we would encourage and clap for people.
When we finally got into learning the moves, I did way better than I thought I would. The instructor broke down everything so that it was easy to learn and gave helpful suggestions to perfect your technique. Everyone in the class was so encouraging and I felt really welcomed there. Plus, I was also given a lot of high fives which made me feel awesome.
I loved learning a new activity, especially one that could come in handy if I ever need to use self-defense. I’m glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and participated in this class. It was such a fun, empowering and supportive atmosphere. Oh, and I earned my white belt!
Sometime’s being be*you*tiful means trying new things and figuring out new activities that you might enjoy.
Have you ever tried karate? How did it go?