The Ninja Girl Award!
One Ninja girl will be picked to wear My Black Belt with pink writing for one belt cycle. This student must show perseverance, determination, focus, kindness, and teamwork. During the 9 weeks they will also be working on leadership skills by leading warm ups, drills, etc. This award was developed through my own experiences after years of martial arts teaching and seeing young girls struggle and persevere on the mat. During my 30 years of training I was told so many things. Don’t train in martial arts that’s not for girls. Girls shouldn’t learn how to fight. You can’t own a Martial Arts school, it’s too hard for women. Or picking up the phone at my school and someone asks “ Hello, Can I speak to the owner, is he in? Society makes us believe that we, as girls, must look and act a certain way. Put other people’s needs before your own, nurture, be nice, look pretty, and don’t be too strong. Truth is we can be all those things and more!
A year into Symmetry, I wanted a Black Belt with pink writing. I went back and forth in my mind. I never saw one before. Was it okay to make one like that. Why not. Tying that belt around my waist was more about the feeling. The pride I had for following my heart and not listening to others. Being true to myself in every aspect of my life. You can be strong and loving. You can be feminine and still know how to fight. You can be a girl who throws a mean side kick and wears pink!
I created this award to encourage young martial arts girls to feel strong, empowered, independent, healthy and beautiful, inspiring them to be true to themselves and dream their biggest dreams!
Congrats to our first winner, Ryland Barron!!