NIDAN (2nd Degree Black Belt)
SHOTOKAN KARATE and SPECIAL FORCES
In 2003, when my adult son was six years old, he was being bullied by an older and bigger boy in school. His father and I decided to put him in karate classes. He started training under Shihan Ty Aponte. I would take him to his classes and a couple of the other students' moms and I decided that it looked like fun. We felt that we could probably memorize the kata better than our children did. So we joined together.
Eventually the moms found other interest I, however, enjoyed the stress release that I felt when training and continued on. This was my time. As I continued to train, I felt as though I was gaining more confidence and improving my self-esteem, after each session I felt more empowered. To me karate isn’t just a martial art; it is also a philosophy in which the training in the dojo mirrors life’s challenges and inspires ways of coping with those challenges outside the dojo
I have been teaching public elementary school in a local school district for over 20 years and was director of a local Catholic church's Vacation Bible School for several years. I am able to apply my knowledge and experience of teaching to assisting and teaching children at the dojo.
In a nutshell, my karate training helps me deal with the stresses that life throws at me. Along with assisting and teaching the karate classes it also gives me a sense of purpose and escape from the day-to-day grind, as well as an opportunity to do something for myself. To me karate training is not just martial art - it’s a way of life.
2003 - Started karate training
2013 - 1st Degree Black Belt
2017 - 2nd Degree BB