What karate means to me

Upon entering a dojo, the goal of a lot of people, other than to improve themselves, would likely be to attain a Black Belt or Shodan, a feat which I have come to learn is no easy accomplishment. This is not something that one can achieve overnight and at first this reality can seem like a very daunting task but as time goes by, I have come to realize that the time and effort put into this achievement or anything else in life requires both dedication and commitment. It seems as though a lot of people, in every aspect of life are overly concerned and preoccupied with the final outcomes and the journey itself is overlooked or seen as a burden and setback. Oftentimes, it is not until hindsight does the journey and all the knowledge and attributes that are gained while on it are truly appreciated. To me, this not only applies to Karate, but to every aspect of life. Anything worth achieving cannot be accomplished overnight with minimal effort but requires dedication and commitment of the mind, body, and spirit on every step of the way. That is what Karate means to me.

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