In 1998, I became a serious practitioner with my promotion to first degree black belt. My Nidan rank (second degree) was earned in 2005. Hard to believe its been 24 years since I walked into the SKA Dojo in Chelsea NY. Much sweat and tears have been shed, but the training has strengthened and improved me in many ways. Through the polishing of body mind and heart, I know my life has been immeasurably enriched.
Flashback to 1993. My dear (sadly departed) friend Anna, was the one who came upon Shotokan Karate of America. We two gals decided to check it out. The two of us, so uncoordinated... who was to believe that one of us would continue her practice into the next two decades... while the other fall victim to cancer at the age of 51. Life can be so fragile. The last few years, having lived through the passing of not one but two contemporaries, as well as the more recent passing of my mom, I feel more compelled than ever, to make each day count.
A little more than one year ago, in May of 2016, I started a kids karate practice. It was initially inspired by my own daughter's interest but has grown to a renewed passion for health and fitness. Over the years, I've been fortunate to have many people who has inspired me. Now seems like a good time to give back. I aim to pass on some of the key attributes gained through the study of Karate- Do through training under Shotokan Karate of America (SKA). My hope is to inspire the younger generation to be strong of body, still of mind and fierce of spirit.
Life is not a rehearsal, let us work hard while making it meaningful!