My mission as a black belt is to inspire and teach others to love martial arts, to never give up, and to give 150% in everything I do.
My name is Savannah Elise Rosemarie Jeffries and my favorite holiday is Halloween, because I was born on October 31, 1997! I was born in Miami, however, I lived in Providenciales, which is part of the Turks and Caicos Island chain in the British West Indies for three years. Unfortunately, my Mom was in a serious head on car accident when I was three. Therefore, we moved to Miami so that she could be closer to her physicians while she recovered. My family has a vacation home in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. This is perfect, because I enjoy skiing, camping, hiking, ATVing, and spending time with my family outdoors. In my family, I have a brother, Sterling, who is a freshman at the University of Miami. As well, I have a Landseer Newfoundland dog, Rex. He enjoys playing in the snow and being off leash in the mountains. My parents and grandparents have taught me how important it is to be well educated, so I try to do my best in school. Last year, I took Honor’s courses and an AP class and received all As. In addition, I like to give back to my community which I do through my involvement with Girl Scouts, as well as by being active in clubs at my high school. I am looking forward to earning my driver’s license this year on my birthday. MMAC is my passion and it is a privilege to be a member of the academy’s Demonstration and Leadership Teams. Recently, I was honored by being chosen as a Deshi and I am proudly looking forward to earning my black belt in October as I continue my mixed martial arts journey.
Why Do I Think I Deserve My Black Belt?
I think I deserve a black belt because during my journey to black belt I have improved, grown, and I always give 150% effort in everything that I do. In addition, I rarely miss a class. To me, it is important to try to attend each class offered every week, because I am responsible and committed. Also, I am respectful and courteous to students of all belt levels, as well as to my instructors. I am disciplined, balanced, loyal, a good leader, and fortunate to be a member of both the Leadership and Demonstration Teams at MMAC. As well, it was an incredible honor to have also been chosen as a Deshi. Finally, I have a good heart which pushes me to work hard and try even harder. My positive mental attitude tells me that with extra effort, I will truly be able to achieve all of my goals both inside and outside of the Dojo!
What My Black Belt Means To Me
To me, a black belt means the opportunity to become part of a small group of people who have mastered control and discipline, and who are not afraid of hard work. In addition, a black belt means honoring all of the attributes of all of the nine belts combined. The characteristics of discipline, respect, confidence, self-control, integrity, loyalty, perseverance, indomitable spirit, leadership, and balance will help me to become a better person. These standards will help guide me throughout my life. A black belt candidate should set a specific goal, make an action plan, and then do whatever is necessary to achieve these goals. As well, a black belt should try to achieve perfection daily both physically and mentally, while keeping in mind that a black belt is not just a piece of cloth, but it is a state of mind!
The Price I Am Willing To Pay
Nothing will stop me from reaching my goals. I will not stop until I have achieved my full potential. In addition, I will stay focused and pay attention to detail. By attending extra classes, doing extra work, and completing extra training, I will succeed. Even after a trip to the emergency room by ambulance for heat exhaustion, I didn’t want to quit and one of the first questions I had for my doctors was when could I get back to the Dojo. I will continue to push myself while maintaining a positive attitude.
My Living Heroes
One of my living heroes is Kristen Brown; some of you might know her as Deshi Kristen. I have known her since I started training at MMAC. She is strong physically and mentally and strives to please others. In addition, she has a perpetual smile and finds the time to help other students. As well, she is always pushing herself and sets harder and harder goals for herself. She gives 150% all of the time and she is like a sister to me. “Fake it until you make it.”
My other living hero is my mother, Roxanne. She has taught me how to be organized, set priorities, problem solve, and always have a sense of humor. As well, even after her accident, she was never bitter, gave up, or complained. My Mom is always there for me in all situations and is a fabulous role model. “A good attitude can make up for a lack of aptitude.”
My Deceased Heroes
Abraham Lincoln is one of my deceased heroes. Although he came from a modest background and lived in a one room house, he became a lawyer, and was the 16th President of the United States. Abraham Lincoln fought hard for equality for all people. Bravely, he helped to abolish slavery during the Civil War and issued the Emancipation Proclamation, even when this was a very unpopular decision. He also fought to help heal and reunite the Union. “Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.”
Helen Keller is also an inspiring deceased hero of mine. Sadly, she was blind, deaf, and could not speak. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, she learned to communicate by using sign language and reading braille. Amazingly, Helen Keller attended college and worked very hard for rights for disabled people, helping to found the American Civil Liberties Union. Clearly, she persevered until she succeeded at her goals. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
Finally, my last deceased hero is my Uncle Brad Jeffries. Unfortunately, he passed away suddenly in February after a courageous battle against Juvenile Diabetes. He was a physician and an inventor, who wanted to improve the quality of people’s lives. Although he suffered a lot during his lifetime, he did whatever he needed to for his family. My Uncle Brad sacrificed many things in order to take care of his three sons. “Family is everything.”
My mental goals are to not listen to negative people, but to always stay positive and believe in myself. I also want to stay focused and ignore distractions.
My spiritual goals are to remember to thank God for my family, my friends, my health, and for this opportunity. I want to always remember to count my many blessings.
My physical goals are to run a mile in six minutes. I also want to get more muscles in my stomach area, so that I can have six pack abs.
My emotional goals are to stay calm and to not get frustrated when things don’t go my way. I want to remain level headed in all situations.