Athlete of the Month – May 2015 – Alex Matsuda

My name is Alex Matsuda. I’m 12 years old (13 in July!) I’m a 7th grader at Stoller middle school. I play baseball on the senior federal team for JBO. I am a 2nd degree black belt in taekwondo and have 1 year left until I earn my 3rd degree. I started my experience with BCF 5 years ago when I participated in Wishing On a WOD with my mom and have every year since.

My favorite part in between, has been playing hooverball in the summer. It is SO fun. Mike lets me be on his team. This last fall I found I needed an outlet of stronger exercise in my life. So my mom signed me up and I started on-boarding with Chad. He has and continues to teach me a lot. He makes me laugh and have fun watching him dance. I’ve learned that getting up at 5 am is worth the payoff over an extra hour of sleep. I feel sharper in school, especially on test days, and much more confident. This is what keeps me coming back.

Everyone associated with BCF has been so supportive of me and my development. I feel like I’m really part of something special. All of my coaches and the people in class I appreciate how they have supported me to improve myself and further my growth as an athlete and a person. Since starting last fall I feel more confident and stronger in everything I do. I have lots to do yet to improve on. Deadlifts are my favorite lift right now. Double-unders is a big goal right now as 4 is my best so far.

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