BLACK BELT SUCCESS STORY
Senpai Jasmine Cebreros, First Dan Black Belt
How It All Started...
Senpai Jasmine's journey started at 5 years old. She encountered many trials and errors over her martial arts journey and even took a long 5-year hiatus from martial arts. At 19 years old, she decided she was done with martial arts ; it would have just been one of the adventures that had molded her into the woman she had become. She got married, started a family and with her husband enlisted in the military, moved more times than she could count. While she had/has enjoyed every bit of this new role of wife and mother, she often shares of how she felt as though something big was missing, as if she lost a piece of herself with all the hustle and bustle of this new journey. In the summer of 2019, she was presented with an opportunity to teach martial arts to service members and their families at Eielson AFB in Alaska. Fear and excitement met her simultaneously with great force.
"I reached out and reconnected with Renshi Matt and with much of his guidance and personal growth, I launched “Cebreros Legacy Martial Arts” in August of 2020" says Senpai Jasmine. She admits that taking on the role of being a martial arts instructor was very daunting for her. She was so nervous to take on what is often viewed as a prestigious role, not feeling qualified enough despite her years of active training and practice. After several months of teaching her students while continuing to train and study with Erolin 3DMA, her confidence and self-image finally grew to where her mentality quickly embodied what she felt was a black belt instructor. She expresses, "Launching a martial arts business is no easy feat, let alone in the midst of a pandemic (COVID-19), but I’m grateful that I was given the nudge to, as Renshi Matt says, 'jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down.'"
In January 2021, she earned her First Dan Black Belt while also being awarded the title of "Senpai" amongst her peers at Erolin 3DMA. She has her sights set on her Second Dan Black Belt as she continues to develop and train for the betterment of herself and those she's privileged to guide at Cebreros Legacy. She ends with this: "My journey has been wild to say the least but it has also been so incredibly wonderful! I hope that others don’t take 20 years to earn their black belt but if they do I hope that my journey can serve as an inspiration to those who have thought of quitting or who like me have taken a hiatus. It doesn’t matter how long it takes, what matters is showing up for yourself and achieving your goals. I’m living proof that ANYONE can earn their black belt with the right mindset and the perseverance to keep moving forward."