~ Gricelda Montano Vizcaino
You may never be rich, but the rewards are much greater than money can
have inspired me to always follow my dreams no matter how challenging or difficult athletics has played an important role in my life. Growing up in the city of East Los Angeles was a challenge in itself. My former basketball high school coach once said, “You win as a team, and you lose as a team. I would rather coach a player with no skills who has a great attitude, than a player with talent who has a bad attitude.” That year, we had an undefeated season. Unfortunately, we lost the city championship game, but we held our heads high… as a team.
At a young age, I enjoyed helping those in need. During my college career I was fortunate enough to work as a teacher’s assistant in the bilingual department of my alumni high school. Here, I was able to assist students in many subjects of their educational goals. I was also given the opportunity and responsibility to help provide support in our surrounding neighborhoods to coordinate community events, from festivals to community awareness to help better our neighborhoods. Prior to completing my Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Art Education, I coordinated computer labs where students, parents, and teachers could develop their skills in computer technology. For me, being part of my students, parents and colleges growth and progress in their own personal goals truly was and continues to be a rewarding experience.
The martial arts has provided a very unique experience in my life. My Sensei’s
instructor once told me, “I can show you how to do the move, but it’s up to you to do it.” We all have a responsibility to each other, but it is up to the individual to except it and figure out what it is. As a student, and instructor of Shorinkan Shorin-Ryu Karate, and parent volunteer at the Vista Boys and Girls Club, I have once again been fortunate enough to follow my calling, “…always there for others…”