My Project: A Story of Persistence and Shuai Jiao
Hello, stranger! I'm Matt LaBorde!
I recently graduated from the University of South Carolina's Media Arts program, with a focus in video production, and I want to share my journey studying the Chinese martial art, Shuai Jiao(wikipedia link).
It's a story about leaving your comfort zone and challenging yourself. In the short year and a half I've studied the art, I've learned more about confidence, bravery, and self expression.
I've overcome several personal hurdles in the process, and I want to share my story.
I began training physical wellness four years ago. I started because I had body image concerns and self esteem issues. I worked like that for two and a half years, and it was unhealthy. I went to the gym because I felt guilty about my body and wanted to change it.
However, that motivation soon changed. I ventured out and explored climbing, yoga, dance, and gymnastics, and empowered myself through exploring positive outlets for strength and coordination. I finally realized how insignificant the body's appearance is relative to its ability.
Essentially, you are what you can do, not how you look. I changed my motivation from escaping my negative past to training for the future with a positive mindset! That's when I started studying shuai jiao. I was terrible. It was difficult. But I loved it! Little by little, I noticed improvements in spatial awareness, balance, and coordination. And finally, my peers had a harder time throwing me.
I did not imagine, when I started, that I'd achieve what I have physically, mentally, and spiritually. And I'm continually surprised as I keep training!
I want to show everyone what is possible when you pursue a goal with absolute faith in yourself.
I am competing in this tournament regardless of my campaign's success. Your contributions will lighten the financial burden of the trip and help me share my project through effective digital distribution, spreading it's reach to people beyond my Facebook friends' news feed.
Where your contributions go (in order of importance):
- Airfare and lodging in China
- Editor and graphics assistance in post production
- Digital media storage
- A new lens
Anything raised beyond the original goal helps support the 13 other members of my school go on this trip too! You stand to help more than one person by contributing to this project!
I've designed all my rewards to make you feel as involved in the process as possible, and, of course, I want it to be fun! Here are my favorites!
$100 Souvenir from China!
You will receive a special gift from my journey abroad! Please be sure to include a personal message about yourself so your gift will be relevant and meaningful!
Other Ways You Can Help
Blow this up in your social media circles! Online exposure is a valuable contribution!
Show this to your friends who aren't internet savvy: grandparents, pets, monks, babies, spirit animals, etc.
Send me some positivity! Messages! Support! Cool pictures of your dog! All are welcome addition to my inbox!!!
Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!