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Kidsday: Never give up

I have been studying mixed martial arts since I was 4 years old at Tiger Schulman's in Great Neck. At first I took basic core classes and then started grappling and kickboxing. Martial arts is something I love to do. I learned about discipline, self-defense, self-confidence and the importance of having a non-quitting spirit, which means to never give up even when something is hard.

As I worked toward each new belt, I trained harder and harder, taking five to six classes a week. I entered my first grappling and kickboxing tournament when I was 6, and have been competing ever since. I have won several tournaments and rank as one of the top competitors in my division. I memorized and strengthened my techniques, proving to myself that through hard work and commitment, I can achieve anything.

As a 9-year-old student, martial arts training has helped me become both physically and mentally strong. It has helped me in school, with my friends and other sports. As I continue working toward my goal of black belt, my dedication continues to grow.

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