Sijeh Belize reflects on her Kung Fu journey
Updated: Oct 29, 2019
While many know her as one of One Tribe's strongest competitors, an awesome Assistant Instructor, and friendly face, she is also a stellar student. For a school assignment, Sijeh Belize wrote an essay describing how she began as a Tiger at the age of 3. She, like many of our enthusiastic Tigers, could not wait to get onto the mat and begin their Kung Fu training. Her essay not only talks about how she became a 2nd Degree Blackbelt, but also how Kung Fu has taught her to be strong (mentally & physically) and confident. Here is her essay:
By Sijeh Belize
"Kung Fu has been an integral part of my life for many years. It all began when my mom decided to take me to a trial class at the age of three. I loved it. I ran around with other “Tigers”, punching and kicking pads, while smiling and laughing with myself in the mirror. That day marked the beginning of my 11 year journey so far, with martial arts.
There are many skills I have acquired in my years of training. Kung Fu has given me the confidence to stand up for myself and others. The leadership skills that I utilize when I teach, have been built from years of competing and performing at events. The physical conditioning that we as students engage in, is strenuous. In recognition of my Kung Fu training, I can profess that my muscle strength, power, flexibility, speed and coordination have all advanced.
Kung Fu is not only a hard-style martial art, it promotes living a healthy lifestyle, and stands strong with its 4 virtues; bravery, kindness, wisdom and moral integrity.
Lastly, and most importantly, it is a way of building long-lasting friendships. One Tribe Martial Arts Academy is an environment that makes me feel safe and supported. It’s a school that brings out the best in each student, and it’s a place that I can proudly call, my second home."