This Future Black Belt Applies Discipline In-and-Out of the Classroom

This Future Black Belt Applies Discipline In-and-Out of the Classroom

Jake poses in a chair at the student conference

Jake, 10-years-old, Math Level I

10-year-old Jake is far from your ordinary 5th grade student, as he’s currently working on algebraic concepts such as the multiplication of polynomials and quadratic functions in the Kumon Math Program. Jake began his Kumon journey five years ago, and since then his tenacity and commitment have been a driving force in his academic achievements. Studying above his peers, Jake finds that he can now complete his schoolwork with ease. He has already set a long-term goal of becoming a future dermatologist.

As a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Jake knows that there’s a level of discipline and repetition required to become stronger. That same level of discipline and repetition he applies in his practice of jiu-jitsu, is what he has learned from Kumon.

“Kumon requires a lot of discipline and I apply that to my practice of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu,” said Jake. “Some days I don’t feel like training, but it’s the discipline I’ve learned through Kumon that gets me to practice every day. When I learn a new jiu-jitsu technique, I drill the same move repeatedly until my body can do it without even thinking. This is like the repetition in Kumon and how it helps increase my speed and agility in math.”

Jake poses with a mountain in the background

Jake has been practicing the art of jiu-jitsu for just over four years and has competed in various local tournaments. In the last year, Jake competed in five local jiu-jitsu tournaments. His commitment to daily practice has helped him place first in nine of the ten matches.

Outside of the classroom, and aside from competing in his next jiu-jitsu tournament, Jake is an accomplished pianist. He is proud to have received the recognition of “Top Talent” in 2018 from the National Guild of Piano Teachers audition. The National Guild of Piano Teachers is the world’s largest non-profit organization of piano teachers and students. The guild provides musicians with various levels of experience goals and awards through non-competitive auditions. In Jake’s audition, he had the challenge of performing ten memorized pieces. The elements that were judged included accuracy, technique, dynamics, and tone quality.

Jake’s hard work and discipline didn’t go unnoticed, as he was one of 55 students selected to attend the 2018 Kumon Student Conference in Calgary, Canada. We had the opportunity to speak to Jake about his Kumon journey.

How has Kumon helped you academically?

Kumon has improved my speed and accuracy in math so much that I can now complete my school assignments more efficiently. This allows me to spend more time with subjects I want to improve in, such as language arts and social studies.

What do you enjoy most about Kumon?

I really enjoy the feeling of progressing through each level in Kumon. Getting through each level takes time and hard work, so it’s a huge accomplishment to get to the next level.

Jake watches a presentation at the student conference

If you could sum up your Kumon experience in one word, what would it be?


What’s the most beneficial thing you’ve learned from Kumon so far?

The most beneficial thing I’ve learned in Kumon is to never give up. I’ve learned that because I didn’t give up during challenging moments, I worked through them instead. I will always continue to improve in math as time goes on.

What did it mean to you attending the Student Conference?

I am so happy that I had the opportunity to attend the Student Conference because it showed my family how well I am doing in Kumon. It showed me that Kumon will take me to far and great places!

What advice do you have for other Kumon Students?

Don’t give up! You will be ahead in school, and that’s such a great feeling!

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