Mr. Jerome says...

It is not WHAT you GET from It...It is WHO you BECOME through It.

When someone finds out that I practice the martial arts. The first question I am asked is "Are you a Black Belt?"

My response is ... "I have earned a Black Belt Rank."

"My name is Jerome Nojima.  It is so nice to meet you."

It is my hope for those students whom I have the pleasure of working with... realize the rank level earned through out program are grade levels signifying their continued progress of learning the martial arts.

They are NOT meant as labels... like "I am a Yellow Belt... or I am a Blue Belt."

Student's EARNED those levels just like advancing from 1st grade to 2nd grade in elementary school or 9th grade to 10th grade in high school... however, they are WHO they ARE with increased "Strength" in Confidence, in Courage, and in Character as they progress.

It is important to be PROUD of your achievements.  Let those awards you receive be a symbol of the challenges you overcame to earn them.  Be Thankful of the Journey and the Process for through it has made you a "Stronger" person. 

Just the other day we had the honor of awarding one of students their 1st degree Black Belt.

This young man, who's name is Justin, started over 6 or 7 years ago, he was so shy, and quiet.  He was a very timid person.

Through his study of the martial arts, he has raised the belief in himself dramatically.  He shares what he has learned with the the younger students willingly setting an "Excellent" example for the other students.

His performance at his Black Belt Test was just "Exceptional!"  He executed his forms with precision, and he demonstrated his knowledge of the art with deep understanding.  His test not only challenged his knowledge, however, his heart and character as well.  He showed extreme fortitude during the physical fitness phase of the test.  Never once did he want to quit!

Justin is still a quiet individual, who walks with a lot more Confidence... I believe his progress has inspired the other students to continue their journey in the martial arts.  He really let them know that if he could achieve his Black Belt that they CAN too.

I am so proud to have awarded Justin his Black Belt.  It is a symbol of OVERCOMING his challenges to BECOME who he is today.

I can truly say Justin is Radiating Confidence, Exhibiting Courage, and Exemplifying Character!

Live Fearless!... Justin!   Congratulations!


Mr. Jerome Nojima


Taking Small Steps to Reaching Great Heights

Hi Everyone (Parents & Kids), 

I wanted to share this story with you, while it is still fresh on my mind.

Radiating Confidence, Exhibiting Courage & Exemplifying Character are not ordinary words, when said with BOLDNESS, you can feel their energy just lift you up and make you want to LIVE & EXPRESS them through action.

At tonight class, I saw just that within one of our younger new students, whose name is Chase.  I am so PROUD of him for what he displayed tonight...It was a breakthrough night.  

It is nights like these that reinforce my passion and desire to continue to teach the martial arts to our youth.

Tonight's class was just a regular class.  The 5th Class in our 7 week session.  

Chase is one of our youngest students in the Goldsboro class about 5 or 6 yrs old I believe.  He is very shy and quiet, he is a little awkward with his coordination and balance (I only say that to give you an idea of where he started).  He is continuously  improving each and every class with his coordination & balance.

This evenings class exercise was about introducing and presenting yourself.  The students come up in front of the instructors individually, Stand at Attention Stance, Bow (respectful greetings), transition to a Ready Stance, then they Introduce themselves (My Name is ..........., I practice the martial art of Shotokan Karate, I would like to perform for you (name of form), with your permission may I begin?).

At the beginning of he exercise we had the students line up in a certain order to wait their turn.  At first Chase did not want to perform the exercise, however, he did want to line up with the other students.  

He waited patiently as each student did their presentation.  He listened to the feedback from the instructors on how the other students could improve.  When it was time for the student next to him to do his presentation...

Chase raised his hand and asked for permission to do this exercise.  Mr. Joe who was instructing the class enthusiastically acknowledged his request..."Yes, Chase, You can do this....i will help you."

Chase watched the others, and built his belief and confidence in himself that he could do this.  

As he performed his introduction...I noticed only his Fearless Attitude.  It didn't matter any of the mistakes he made during the presentation.

I saw Chase take another small step to reaching great heights.  I am so proud of him.

Remember to Radiate Confidence, Exhibit Courage, & Exemplify Character.

Live Fearless!

Mr. Jerome Nojima

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