Elijah Callwood has always had a lot of energy. Growing up he played soccer and basketball, but when he discovered martial arts at age 12 during a Creative Martial Arts summer camp, he found a new passion. “I enjoyed it a lot and it was a new and different way for me to let go of my energy. Right after camp, I asked my parents to sign me up for classes, and the rest his history.”
“Martial arts makes you more aware of your body, and puts you into different situations,” Elijah explained. “I feel like it’s helped me look at life from a different perspective and helped me with decision making. Doing martial arts has had a positive influence on how I react to problems at school or at home or in relationships.”
Elijah was so inspired by the instructors he learned from Evolve All that he wanted to be that kind of role model too. He started helping teach classes as a sophomore in high school and began working in the afterschool program as a senior. Elijah became an instructor after he graduated from high school, and earned his black belt shortly thereafter.
“The transition from student to teacher was challenging, and a lot of responsibility, but it was also exciting. I love seeing the kids’ growth, developing friendships, and being like an older brother. But it was hard to move from playing with the kids to teaching them and commanding respect. I think I’m slowly improving as an instructor every day.”