Dana Sheets is a documentary filmmaker currently living in Silver Spring Maryland. She has trained in Martial Arts for the past eleven years. When she’s not working on a screenplay or playing with her cats, Dana is always on the lookout for opportunities to smile and to learn more about the many ways to find joy in life.
Graduate Work : American University, Washington, D.C., Master's of Arts -
Film and Video Production.
what age did you begin to study karate?
I started studying martial arts when I was 17 and a freshman at college. I joined the Judo Club at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. I trained 3 times a week with the son of the Korean National Olympic Judo Team Coach for the next four years.
did you choose to study karate?
My experiences training judo, while fun, were completely sport and competition oriented. I began to search for a martial art that also offered life protection skills. I visited several schools near where I lived.
Was there a reason why you chose to study Uechi Ryu?
I had visited several martial arts schools near my home but all of them had overtones of paramilitary aspirations. Robert Kaiser’s school, the Washington Karate Academy, had a completely different atmosphere. There was a professionalism and collegiality to the school that I found very attractive. I was pleased to see that there were other high-ranking women at the school and that men and women were treated exactly the same. I also thought that Uechi-ryu offered extremely practical skills and fostered an excellent self-defense mindset. I watched two classes and signed up the next week.
does this tour to
The Women’s Friendship Tour represents an incredible opportunity to show the extent of the contribution that the women of Uechi-Ryu make to the greater community of Uechi-Ryu. The best thing about Uechi-Ryu is the wonderful people who train it. This tour will be an opportunity to meet women from around the world and to meet and train with men and women in Okinawa who share the love of this art.
How has your martial arts study affected or changed you life?
Martial Arts have given me two great gifts. The first is a complete understanding of the difference between a threat to my ego and a threat to my physical well-being. In most situations in everyday life, difficulties are not life and death. Having trained for a possible life and death situation I am able to hold center and be much more calm during stressful times at work, among friends and family, and in life. The second gift is the discovery of my best friend and life partner, Heather.
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