This June 2016, Gabriella Whisnant will be testing for her First Degree Black Belt. As part of the testing requirements, she must submit a letter of thanks and a short video. She is among a small group testing this summer. Those who pass will demonstrate a sample of their skills at the graduation on Wednesday, June 8th at 530pm. Everyone is invited to help us celebrate.
The people I would like to thank for helping me on my journey to my black belt is my parents, my grandparents, Mr.Wilber, Mrs.Esposito, Mr.Dobson, Mr.Walaga, Mr.P and Master Randall. To start off I would like to thank my parents for being my biggest fans and supporters, by going to all of my tournaments, helping me get to every class, and giving me strategies to help me improve. I would also like to thank them for giving me the privilege to be a part of MRBBA. I would also like to thank my grandparents for being there for me when I needed somebody to help get me to class, and for support. I am also thankful for them because they went to all of my tournaments and graduations. They gave me the opportunity to be apart of the MRBBA as well. I would especially like to thank Mr.Wilber and Mrs.Esposito for mentoring me the first time, and guiding me down the right path to get my black belt. They took the time to help me and give me advice about how to become a better martial artist. They also helped me be more confident in my training, and in all of my reviews. I would like to give a huge thank you to Mr.Dobson, for for being my mentor this time around, and teaching me a lot of what I know, things like having snap, power, concentration, and a lot of basics that have helped me. He also helped me a lot outside of class with my forms, and giving me guidance on how to perfect things, but still have room for improvement. Also Mr.Walaga helped me learn a lot of the same things, like basic hand movements, kicks, and blocks. He gave me advice about power and being focused can always help in sparring. Other things like during sparring be fast and have power but also control. Also, he taught me a lot about leadership. Having leadership doesn’t mean to boss people around, but take control and and lead by example. Mr.P was also a big part of my training because he taught me a lot about breath control. When you are kicking, defending, or even during sparring, you always want to keep a stable breath by letting out a yell. He also taught me that you want to have balance. When you kick or punch, you don’t just stand up straight, you want to have a good guarding stance, and when you kick or punch, you shift your weight. Mr.P also gave me and everybody else a chance to be a leader. Master Randall has helped me in a lot of ways. He taught me during sparring if you don’t keep your guard up then you will get hit. He taught me that you have to keep a safe distance between you and your partner so neither one of us gets hurt. He also taught us during sparring, or any activities to remember it’s a game it’s not real. Master Randall also taught me that if somebody is actually trying to hurt you, that you have to first identify what kind of situation you are in, then do what you can to get out of it. All of these pointers, tips, and basic moves have helped me get to where I am now. I would like to thank everybody for helping me get here and giving me a chance to get from white belt to my black belt.