I wanted to learn martial arts because I was picked on a lot due to my size. I thought if i knew some kind of karate, I could learn to stand up for myself. My mom signed me up at the Avon Lake ATA and I had my first White belt class with Nathan Meyer. A lot of things in my life always came easy for me and I thought that this would be one of them. From that first day I joined the ATA, I have learned about setting goals and working hard to reach my goals. I see that I can accomplish much more with perseverance, effort and time. I have learned about friendship, patience and most importantly, leadership which will help me the rest of my life. ATA is not just for learning to stand up for yourself, but also to yourself to improve every day.