Hey Avatar Nation, Turtle here. I figured out of all the people the true fans would be able to help me on this. Down below is my college admissions essay and the topic is discuss one of your favroite things, so of course I chose ATLA. I'm asking you to read it and give your thoughts. Note I am only allowed two paragraphs so I had to make this very broad. Please don't look for grammer mistakes unless they are major. Just comment on what you think of it and if I should delete or add some more. I was trying to explain the reasoning through example and detail then at the end of the paragraph tieing it back to me.

Thank you and enjoy:

Earth, Fire, Water, Air. These four elements are supposed to be a harmonious alliance between the nations but instead have been a reason for war. Only the avatar can bring peace to these nations now. This is the basic plotline to my favorite show Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Though it is supposed to be a kids show, Avatar: The Last Airbender has a lot of meaningful messages; such as, friendship, love, overcoming internal and external struggle and many others. The current avatar, Aang, is able to control all four elements and thus is supposed to be able to bring harmony to the four split nations. Though he is the harmonious bridge, Aang has major internal struggles. For example, as he discovers he was the avatar, 100 years before the present time of the show. he runs away from his people trying to get away from his destiny of being the avatar. Soon after, the Fire Nation, the protagonist of the show, commit a genocide of the airbenders, Aangs people thus making Aang the last airbender. Aang was never able to forgive himself for leaving his people to die until he met a guru to help him through his struggles of his feelings of betrayal through meditation and the opening of his chakras, a Hindu spiritual belief similar to chi. After the airbender genocide and it is the present time of 100 AG (after Sozin’s comet, a comet that gives ultimate power to firebenders), Aang has to make a decision if it is morally right to kill the Fire Lord and end his tyrannical reign of terror across the world. But through Aangs journey of culminating knowledge and experience he was able to overcome the struggle and decided to instead take Fire Lord’s bending away from a technique he learned from a giant lion turtle(they are quite knowledgeable). Both of these instances show how Aang overcame struggles within himself and I am able to put the same practices of meditation and past knowledge to overcome struggles within my own life. With all the sub-stories in the show we are able to see Aang and his friends gain maturity and knowledge throughout their journey.

Throughout the show Aang has to master the four elements to become a fully realized avatar. Because he was frozen in an iceberg for 100 years he wasn’t able to do this during his time period. With each season, respectfully called Water, Earth, and Fire, Aang masters a new element. With each new element is a new martial art that relates to it. Martial arts has always been a huge part of my life for I have been in Tae Kwon Do for 10 years. Knowing there was a show that holds its basis around martial arts was just an amazing discovery for me.However, in contrast to my korean martial art background, most of the martial arts in the show are based off Chinese martial arts. Aang mastered his first element, air, by the time he was 12 years old. Air is based off the Kung Fu style of Ba Gua otherwise known as circle fighting and is a very evasive form of fighting. Waterbending, the second form mastered, is based off the peaceful nature of Tai Chi. Earth is more of a hardened and defensive art and is inspired by the Hung Gar style of Kung Fu. Then the aggressive fighting style of Firebending is inspired by Northern Shaolin Kung Fu and Tae Kwon Do. The elaborateness of how the creators of the show used martial arts amazes me. Also, just how young the main characters in the show are, the oldest being 16, and how beautifully they are able to maneuver the forms needed for each style of bending is just inspiring for me to continue on with my training of Tae Kwon Do.

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