I remember always wanting to train karate, I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I’d sit on the side at the dojo and watch all the students throw a punch or a kick and would always think, “I want to do that”. I was always too nervous to ask to train because I worried what people would think. Was I just training because my parents were forcing me to?
Was it even my choice? After way overthinking the situation, as much as a five year old can, I finally asked. To my delight my parents, Sensei Glen and Tannis Smith, said yes and before I knew it, I was being taught the punch and the kick. I was so happy, I couldn’t believe I was training alongside my parents, I was one of the “cool kids”. Karate has provided me with so many incredible experiences that I could never have even dreamt of. Travelling to Japan, competing in Canadian Nationals, trying out for Karate Alberta with my best friend, receiving my black belt. Not only has karate given me many amazing experiences but it has also brought me some great relationships. I have made so many lifelong friends here at the Kanto Sho Karate Club. This dojo is about more than the physical benefits but mental ones too and the community we have here is amazing. When you think of going to class each night, you’re excited not only to train, but to see all your friends and train with them. Everyone thinks karate is this violent sport where all you do is punch people and receive rank but in reality, it’s so much more than that. It’s a sport where you can connect your mind to your body and make real, healthy relationships with people. The Kanto Sho Karate Club is a place where you feel welcomed as part of a community and enjoy yourself. Karate has become such a big part of my life and I can’t wait to continue with my training, for I am only getting started.