The first time we worked together, the mission was to get her to obtaining her 11th student level grade. But the second time we worked together, we had an even bigger milestone to crunch - her student blackbelt exam.
At this point her enthusiasm and personal drive was at an all time high, and it got me pumped! For a year we trained on a weekly basis and every Tuesday, 6pm, she rushed to the Kwoon from work for our private class appointment. I always admired how she would show up enthusiastically for the lesson. When super exhausted, she showed up. Troubling day at work? She showed up. When she was out of the country for work, she made sure to stay consistent with her practice.
During training we would practice everything, from forms to Chi Sao, Yielding skills, ground fighting, the student programs 1-12, and then usually ending with some sparring. I always believed in Athina. She’s always had this fire in her eyes and heart, ignited by pure passion. I knew she was ready. But I needed her to believe it her to believe in her skills a little more.
On December 10, 2017 this little Panther obtained her Student level Blackbelt after an 8-hour test, making me a very proud instructor! Athina has always gone from one challenge to another without losing her enthusiasm and passion for kungfu. And that’s what I admire the most about her.
Thank you for the good times Athina #proud #wingtjun #martialarts #discipline #lifestyle #stories #determination #moments #growthmindset #drive #iwka #2017 #perserverance #happydays #motivation #kungfu #leadingbyexample