Hello everybody, my name is Anna Rabinov and I am 13 years old, and this is the beginning of my 6th year of doing Taekwondo.
Before I say anything else, I would really like to thank Master No and Darryl, without them, I would have never made it this far, and they have been my teachers for the entire 5 years that I've been here. I would also really like to thank Dane, and especially Holly. Holly has been my Taekwondo companion ever since I first started Taekwondo, and she has stuck by me, and she has never left my side. I could never have made it this far without her either.
I am really ashamed to admin that when I first started Taekwondo, that I quite disliked it and found it a burden to have to go on Saturdays. At that point, Holly was really the only thing that kept me going, apart from my dad always saying :"No, you have to go!" when I said that I didn't want to, and now I really appreciate him saying that.
Also when I first started Taekwondo, I was really embarrassed and afraid to do a kiap. Often I would finish each pattern at a different time to everyone else, so when I had to kiap, I almost never did because I was too scared. But now I realise that the kiaps is nothing to be embarrassed about and that it is a part of Taekwondo. I really like doing kiap now.
Over the years, I eventually started to like Taekwondo more and I began to enjoy it. Soon enough, I came to love. I also started to realise that Taekwondo had become a part of me, and that it had helped to make me the person I am today. It helped me enormously with my confidence, it helped me make more friends, and it helped me with bullying. When I was younger, I was quite badly bullied but now I can stand up to people who bully me, and I can even help defend my friends if they are being bullied too.
If I pass my grading tonight and become a Black Belt, I will be so happy to have finally reached my ultimate goal : To become a Black Belt.
And yet only now do I realise that being a Black Belt is only the beginning of the journey, the beginning of a whole new adventure to come, the end of the beginning.