By Krista Constantineau
When I first saw Ralph Macchio as the Karate kid I was just ten years old and more interested in hanging his Teen Beat poster on my bedroom wall than joining him in the pursuit of martial arts. I was a girl after all. And girls don’t do karate.
But boy was I wrong!
Who could have guessed that nearly 30 years later I would be wearing a crisp white Gi with an elite warrior red belt wrapped around my waist? And better yet, I am just one of many women training in the Don Jitsu Ryu system of martial arts at Purple Dragon Canadian Headquarters and around the world.
Like many, my journey towards my black belt started with kickboxing class. I enrolled as a way to bolster my fitness and roundhouse kick my way free of life’s daily stresses, but I quickly transitioned to karate. In just a few short months, I noticed improved strength and endurance, I learned valuable skills in self-defense, I sharpened my mental focus, and my confidence soared – all in a supportive and motivating environment.
But it’s more than just the training that motivates me; it’s the Purple Dragon community. Whether it’s volunteering as an assistant instructor with the Little Dragons, attending summer picnics, sports days or holiday parties, I am inspired every day by the students, parents, instructors, and my sensei, Shihan Daniel Jacob.
Mr. Miyagi’s “wax on wax off” lesson holds a whole new meaning for me. Why not come find out for yourself? It’s never too late to become a Purple Dragon warrior.
Contact Purple Dragon Vancouver Martial Arts School, Canadian Headquarters for a two-week trial class.
Call: 604.644.8842 or visit purpledragoncanada.com