A Young Woman’s Journey is the Common Experience We Share
It started with mothers asking me to help prepare their daughters to be physically safe. In our martial arts studio we do just that, but it takes years of training, dedication and desire to become a master. I did not feel comfortable with doing a presentation for a couple of “moves” that would help keep a woman safe. It did not feel right not do I think it would truly be the most effective answer or approach.
Martial Arts is a great way to find your strength, but..
I looked into the eyes of the young women I taught in classrooms and at our studio. I understand them and the road they are on. But to really help them, I had to be honest with myself about my own journey. Only then could I realized what I had to do. My goal
is to empower young women to make the best choices to be both physically and emotionally safe. They are inextricably bound together. and when I saw the statistics of physical abuse, my feeling became a burning passion. There are many young women
who will never be interested in martial arts and their need is just as great. I try to empower them with information and knowledge.
We cant wait for things to get better
Today this has become a high profile issue, rightfully so. But #metoo is recognition, and I propose action now, with change hopefully coming but not waiting or expecting it. It is taking responsibility for ourselves while change evolves. As women, we are stronger
than we sometimes know, and through knowledge and support we can be our own best friends.