It is hard for me to put into words all of the things that I have gotten out of taking classes at Nackord Kenpo Karate. When I first started, I had a lot of fears about learning karate and I had a lot of assumptions. I had always thought it looked so amazing and cool. I didn't want to walk in there and mess it up! I was sure I'd look something like a dancing hippo in comparison to the graceful and coordinated movements of the black belts. I was also afraid that I wouldn't be tough enough--that I'd be publicly humiliated at the first request to drop and give 'em 20 (push-ups).
But the thing is, this is not that kind of place. This is the kind of place where you get back what you give. The instructors are extremely knowledgeable and patient. I've never been made to feel incompetent or put down because I don't know something. On the contrary, I am often inspired to push myself far beyond what I thought I was capable of because I want to be as good as they are. Every instructor at the school is passionate about their training and is there because they want to share what they know. They are all amazing and I feel so incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to train with each of them.
Truthfully, I think the instructors and the students come to the school for the same reason--we all want to be better today than we were yesterday. And my training has taught me that the path to doing that lies in everyday practice--it's about the process, not necessarily the end result. It doesn't matter what belt I am or if I have a perfect spinning back knuckle--no matter how good I become, there will always be those who are better. My goal is not to be the best--it's just to get better every day. And that is my favorite thing about coming to karate--every class is a chance to learn something new, or to make something I already know a little bit better. It's not just a work out, it's an opportunity for continuous improvement. Starting Nackord Kenpo Karate has been one of the best decisions I've ever made!