Photo Friday: Elvis Kicks Ass

This was taken with a cell phone, but I couldn’t resist posting it as this week’s Photo Friday entry. A good photo is a good photo; the camera doesn’t matter.

Elvis no esta muerto.

Elvis no esta muerto.

Meet Chris. He trains at the same dojo I do, and he’s probably the most enthusiastic student on the mat. He loves karate, he loves Elvis, and he always brightens up the dojo with his spirit.

Chris also has Down’s syndrome, and he has a hard time learning new things. However, he more than makes up for it in determination and effort. He’s busted his butt to earn that yellow belt and those stripes, and he asks us every day what he needs to do to earn that last stripe and that next belt. He’s a good reminder that hard work pays off. When he doesn’t earn his stripe during review, he doesn’t get discouraged. He’s disappointed, sure, but he just shows up for the next class and works even harder. He asks for extra help, and he applies what he’s learned as best he can.

Progress is a result of effort, not time.

A lot of people could learn from his example.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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  1. Noah L says:

    Great photo, and great write-up!