Kimberly is a sweet young friend of mine who I have watched up  move through the ranks to Black Belt, she wrote an essay on her journey for Kenpo Women in hopes to inspire young girls to stick with it.

I never imagined becoming a 13 year old female black belt.  I am very thankful that my family signed me up at Bob White’s Karate studio when they did.  With thier support and my dedication, who knows where I can go from here.
I remember the day I started.  When I came, Mrs White gave me an introduction private, from that moment on, I knew that’s what I wanted to do.  My journey started with group class, then I got into privates.  I started learning more and the more I learned, the more I wanted to come in.  My favorite part was sparring, I like it because you get to hit people and learn what’s it’s like to get hit.  When I started, I was in group class for a couple of months, then I went into private sparring instruction, I wanted to be the best fighter I could be.   In my first tournament I took 1st place and that helped gain the confidence I needed to continue.
Getting my black belt was an more of an option for me, it was not forced on me by my parents, they never pushed me, and we never talked me getting my black belt.  When I was told I was ready to test, they were all very proud of me and excited and that pushed me even harder to make sure I was ready.  When Mr. White told us we passed, it was the best feeling ever.
Nothing has changed in my training.  I go in each week and take my classes, I am continuing to learn.  The only thing that has changed is that I have earned more respect in the studio.  Now I am the instructor of my own class and work closely with the Brown Belt Students.  My goal is to help them achieve their goals and watch them succeed.
My plans for the future is to continue my class and to start teaching private lessons to new students.  I want to inspire young women to learn how to defend themselves and let them know that anything is possible when you put your heart into it.
Kimberly Alcala
1st Degree Black Belt
July 2013