Miss Pui – Assistant Instructor
“You’ve got to go out on a limb sometimes because that’s where the fruit is.” – Will Rogers
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers
- Black white belt: Wilkes Martial Arts and Fitness Academy
- Yellow belt: Eskrima
- Instructor Training Certificate Level 1
- Working with Children Check
- Bachelor of Arts – Social and Developmental Psychology (in progress)
More about me:
As a child and still to this day, I love watching animated shows such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, He-Man and the Thunder-cats. Alas these shows rarely had more than one female character in the forefront and often she relied on the boys to save her. A trend that sadly still all too common these days. However, I was introduced to the world of gaming, specifically the one and only tomb raider Lara Croft and suddenly “I” was the person throwing down bad guys and saving the day. I very much wanted to take on this persona in reality (even wanted to be an archaeologist for a while) but I never voiced it. I was too insecure and believed I wasn’t strong enough or smart enough to be like Lara Croft.
Training at Wilkes Martial Arts has changed that. I may have taken five whole years before summing up the courage to finally book an introductory lesson, but I did it and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It was so nerve wrecking but all the instructors are so friendly and approachable which makes all the difference. I remember my first class: being puffed out after attempting a push up, and having non-existent kia. I still do get puffed out by the boxercise classes, but that’s the point.
It didn’t happen overnight, but with the example set by the instructors and their support, I can do and have done more than I thought I ever could. Indomitable spirit is probably my favourite tenet. This what I personally love most about training. It’s not about learning to fight or defeat others. For me, it’s about battling self-doubt. Setbacks are inevitable and it’s never smooth sailing, particularly when you are vying for something that means a lot to you. Mind and body can break but as long as your spirit keeps going then your goal is still achievable. I have my sights and spirit set on earning my black belt next year and my red jacket (2nd degree black belt) the year after.