Fear or being afraid is part of life. You may be scared to raise your hand in class. You may be scared of a bully. Your biggest fear could be the fear of being who you really are. Be yourself because it feels right not because it’s cool. Don’t pretend to be the person you aren’t. Have confidence in your abilities. Don’t allow fear to be a barrier between you and your goals. You may be afraid to act, but have the courage to move forward. Life gives you many ways to be whoever you want to be. Don’t worry about what others might think. Be true to yourself. Fear is an important learning opportunity. Instead of running from what you fear, face it. Study your fear. Understand why you are afraid. You will learn a valuable lesson. You have the opportunity to grow and become better. Every time you face a fear, and try harder, you are one step closer to being a Black Belt. Do you remember your first martial arts class? You were probably nervous, maybe even scared. That was because martial arts was a new experience. It’s easy to be afraid of what’s new or what we don’t understand. You had the courage and confidence to try martial arts. Now, you understand it and don’t fear it. If you had let your fear stop you, then you wouldn’t be here. Learn from your fears. What you learn will help you become strong. You will be able to do what you think you cannot do. Taking risks is how you grow. Be willing to reach for the farthest goals. You’ll never be a better person if you stay the same. You must challenge yourself to be more than you think you can be. You’ll never become smarter if you are learning at kindergarten level in 6th grade. School and life will always present you with new challenges. Face those challenges. Don’t be afraid to move farther out on the limb. You may be surprised what you find. Your success will taste much sweeter. Scary stories are often scary because something hides in the shadows. That’s OK in a story, but, in real life, you must look in the shadows. You must learn not to be afraid of what you don’t know or what you cannot see. Use the courage and confidence you’ve learned in martial arts class to walk into the shadows. Discover what is there. New challenges are opportunities for excellence. What you cannot see or do not know can make your life better. You must be willing to take the risk. It is an opportunity to become a Black Belt in life. Overcoming one’s fear is important for a Black Belt, but you don’t have to wait until you are a Black Belt to develop this life-skill. If you want to know more about how martial arts can help you increase your or your child’s honesty or anything else regarding either our adult or children’s’ programs, please feel free to contact the Ultimate Youth Sports Team.