began her karate life at age 37, thinking it prudent to develop some
self-defense skills, as an active petite woman living in a city. Her son was the
first family member to start karate, which enticed both she and her husband to
join. She and her husband started studying Uechi Ryu Karate Do on the same day
and have progressed together through the ranks testing together through
Shodan. With more than 25 years of marriage under her belt and three black belts
under her roof, Donna reflects the adage that families that play together stay
together. She’s active in karate, having taught classes and attended many
seminars and conventions, eager to learn at every opportunity. She is a
registered nurse with over 25 years experience, from hospital floors long-term
care, home care, and doctor’s office. Donna is a CPR instructor and a Reiki level
II practitioner. She is active in a Methodist
women’s group dedicated to mission work for women, youth, and children in this
country and around the world, and has held both local and district positions.
Donna contributes as a member of Churchwomen United, bringing Christian groups
together for mission locally and globally.
At what age did
you begin to study karate?
was 37 years old.
Why did you choose
to study karate?
Small woman living in a big city and thought I
should develop some self defense skills
Was there a reason
why you chose to study Uechi Ryu?
had taken this in past
How has your martial arts study affected
or changed your life?
arts has changed my life in so many ways – where do I begin? My son had
previously taken karate and had taken a year off. So my son restarted karate and
my husband I began karate at the same time.
Having three people in the house taking 5 classes a week takes a lot of
organization. It has helped my family be better organized to plan ahead for
class and has improved communications among us.
has opened my eyes to a new culture, philosophies, and a new language. As I have
developed my chi, I have explored this further and have become a Reiki level II
practitioner. As a registered nurse, I feel eastern medicine including herbal
medicine, acupuncture, shiatsu and Reiki to name a few, complement western
medicine. I have incorporated some of these in my medical practice. I have only
begun to explore these areas.
have also learned some Japanese along the way. This trip has encouraged me to
learn more beyond the dojo requirements.
development of my martial arts took a lot of work and still does, but not in the
same focus as it did when I started. It took a lot of practice, repetition,
perseverance and floor time to get where I am today in my karate journey.
this journey, I have found my karate family. If it was not for them I would not
be on this trip. They have been a driving force keeping me on the right track
along the years.
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