A tail of inspiration from a former student


In 1972 Michael Taylor, received his black belt . He was Sensei Smith’s second black belt.  This is a story of a man who contributes much of his success to Karate.  
We think you will enjoy his story.

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"articleBody" : "Michael recounts that: “I was a kid that was bullied all through elementary, middle and my first couple years of high school, mainly because I was always small for my age. Although I was a good athlete, I was an easy target because of my small stature. Most of the bullying was in the form of verbal abuse, and because it happened for so long, it destroyed me emotionally and took a heavy toll on my self-confidence. I started studying karate under Sensei Smith in March of my freshman year in high school. By the time I was a junior, I walked through the halls with a renewed confidence in myself. I became a black belt in 1972 during my senior year in high school. Through Shorin-Ryu Karate, I became more confident in myself and developed leadership skills that became instrumental in my professional career. ”",
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