The one thing I’ve learned in live and through martial arts, is to never give up. Back then, I was the shy, doubtful, and scared kind of person. I would always quit, or just not try thinking it’s too hard. But how do I know if it’s too hard if you don’t try? Teaching really changed me.
I remember my martial arts teachers telling me I should be getting my black belt, It’s been a brown belt for 2 years now and I needed to get to that stage. Once I’m a black belt, it’s gonna stick with me for the rest of my life. I was really scared to be honest. I was scared to fail. I liked how things were before; I come to class every Monday and Wednesday to train. But it’s different now that you’re a young adult.
I had to teach the entire class on Wednesday, I was terrified because I had no idea what to do. But with my teachers help, he gave me a guide to help me get started. I started with a good warm up and did some kick and punch techniques, great start so far! I had a young student, and his mom who also joined as well. They were struggling and they needed some help. The high rising block they had a hard time getting the flow and movement. Instead of going to the next step, I told everybody to hold their stances and I walked up to them.
I was between the new students and I went back to my stance. I told them to follow me slowly. All the students did the regular speed while I helped the other two. After 5 attempts, they got the flow and movement down. I gave them positive reinforcement and they smiled at me.
After my first day teaching the class, my teacher pulled me aside. He really enjoyed how I was teaching the class. It was different from how he taught the class. Of course there were a few mistakes that I need to remember for last time but you can’t expect to be perfect on the 1st try. It’s the same thing in everyday in life. Just because something is new a different, doesn’t mean you should be afraid of it. Keep an open mind.
Teaching gave me the confidence to lead others, be confident, be myself, and more importantly believe in myself. Of course, I’m still scared of obstacles I face. But I’ll never know if I don’t try. And if I fall down, I will get back up.