Celebrating our junior Black Belts. In this edition we meet Maisie Whittaker and interview her about how her Martial Arts training has help influence her life and the benefits she has achieved from training.

Name: Maisie Whittaker  Age: 12

1: How old were you when you started training? 

I was 4 years old when I started doing karate

2:How has Martial Arts training helped you at school? ( better concentration, grades, confidence etc)

I have been helped at school by doing karate a lot, I am very happy that karate helped. I feel my concentration is much better and my grades have improved greatly.

3: How do you balance home work against your training? Has training helped you to be more organized or helped you cope with the stress of moving up to a new school?

I usually do my homework the day I get it unless I have karate then ill either do it before karate or after when I get home.

4: Did you ever feel like quitting training?

Yes, but my parents and sensei have persuaded me to persevere and I am glad they did.

5: What was your drive to continue and achieve your Black Belt?

I feel that when you start karate as a white belt the ultimate goal is to achieve your Black Belt and I did not want to fail at achieving that goal. I also wanted to make my parents proud and to be proud of myself, I did not want to let them down.

6: If you had to give on piece of advice about balancing home/ school/ workload and martial arts what would it be?

My piece of advice would have to be good organization because Karate and school/work are two very big commitments and you have to work hard and give both as much effort as possible to be the best you can be, therefore you need to be organized.