By: Bryce Weckbacher, Grade 5
This is the story of the time that I didn’t give up. When I was little I had a lot of energy and my parents signed me up for sports like basketball, baseball, soccer, and flag football. The sports were fun at first but then I stopped liking them and I stopped doing all of them. Then my Mom’s friend’s son had a birthday party at a Karate Dojo. I really liked the party, we got to jump around and kick and punch pads. Since my parents saw that I liked the birthday party at the Karate Dojo they signed me up for Taekwondo classes. I liked it and some of my friends went there too. My neighbor went to the Taekwondo Dojo also and I made friends at Taekwondo. Then in the first or second week that I was there everyone had to jump over a pad, everyone else was doing it. But when I tried to do it my foot hit the pad and I fell. I cried because I was embarrassed. I was so embarrassed that I did not want to go to Taekwondo anymore but I kept going. As weeks passed, my friend left and so did my neighbor. Then only three of my friends were doing Taekwondo. Then one of my other friends joined taekwondo after about a little bit more than a month he quit. Then my two other friends quit. Then it was just me and one of my other friends, we kept going and to this day we both do Taekwondo. I have been doing Taekwondo classes for five years now and I have made many friends. I can kick head height and I got trophies from Taekwondo tournaments where we spar, do form, do self-defense, and use weapons like nunchucks and short sticks. I was supposed to get my black belt in June 2020, but the pandemic pushed it a couple of months. I got my black belt in September 2020. I have become friends with kids from other schools and kids from my school. I am so glad I didn’t stop doing Taekwondo.