Face Time with R.J. Herra

Elburn resident R.J. Herra, 12, was working with Midtown Martial Arts at the Elburn Chow Down, at the Elburn and Countryside Community Center, when he answered eight questions for the Kane County Chronicle’s Al Lagattolla.

Where did you grow up? Elburn

Who is in your family? My parents, Kandy Herra and Richard Herra

What do you want to be when you grow up? I actually have no idea. I was thinking of a psychologist. I kind of enjoy getting to know how people think. I think pursuing that would be really interesting for me.

Is there a book or movie you would recommend? “Ender’s Game” would be my top recommended.

Do you have a favorite charity? If I know what they’re behind, I know what they’re doing and I kind of like it, I’ll just donate.

What is your favorite restaurant? Rex Italian Foods in Norridge

You are a black belt. When did you become one, and how long have you been studying? I’ve been studying under Master [Kim] Cote for three years now, going on four. I tested for a black belt just under a year ago. A couple of highlights – it’s helped me grow stronger, it’s helped me grow faster and it’s helped me anticipate what people will do. I think that’s what makes me want to be a psychologist, just interpreting people.

What is an interesting factoid about yourself? People look at me and think, ‘He’s a big, scary guy.’ I’m normally just sitting at home, just doing nothing. But throw me in a dangerous situation, and I guarantee I will be the one walking away from it.