Although Tetreault did not bring home any medals for Kata (an almost dance-like routine of patterned movements) and Sparring, you have to wonder how a 15 year old had made it to the Junior Olympics as a red belt. As with any sport, it all sums up to one thing: passion.
"My younger brother started it for me. I just went with my mom to pick him up one day, and I thought 'This looks cool,' " Tetreault says. Already in her fifth year, Tetreault talks about how karate had changed her life in terms of fitness, time management, and discipline. With two-and-a-half hour workouts, three times a week, as well as time-consuming tournaments, it's no wonder that Tetreault's physical fitness and time management skills were largely honed by karate. Of course, the discipline that karate demands, such as doing 80 push ups for groaning about a drill, is something that will impact anybody's character.
Yet Tetreault's love for karate goes past fitness and character development to something deeper; something that hardly has room for words. When asked why she does karate, Tetreault answered with a simple "I don't know…it's just something I have to do (but in the good way); it's my 'thing'. "
As passionate as Tetreault is about karate, her dedication holds complex dynamics that many people don't realize. With the ability to kill someone with her bare hands, it's no surprise that Tetreault feels the great responsibility, and even fear of what she can do.
In response questioning of actually being able to use her skills, Tetreault admitted to the fact that she had thought about how morally acceptable it is to purposely hurt someone, potentially very badly, even in self-defense. "I would only use it in a life-or-death situation."
There are not very many passions out there that one can love and fear, as Natalie Tetreault does with karate. To summarize her love for karate, she simply says "It's a part of who I am."