Elijah always has 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 use my energy,” Elijah recalled. “Right after camp, I asked my parents to sign me up for classes, and the rest is history.”
“Martial arts makes you more aware of your body, and challenges you to adapt to different situations,” Elijah explained. “It’s helped me look at life from a different perspective and helped me with decision making. It’s had a positive influence on how I react to problems in life.”
The EvolveAll instructors inspired him to be a role model too. When he was a high school sophomore, he started helping teach classes and eventually worked in the afterschool program. When he graduated from high school, he joined the team as a full-time instructor, and earned his black belt shortly thereafter.
Today, Elijah is a familiar face and a strong influence in the youth martial arts program.
“The transition from student to teacher was challenging, and a lot of responsibility,” said Elijah. “But it was also exciting. I love seeing the kids’ growth, developing friendships, and being like an older brother.”
Check out our Youth Martial Arts Program and the classes we offer.