started in martial arts at age 17. Always being drawn to trying different
things, she took advantage of the opportunity when approached to join a new
karate school to learn self defense. Although she became discouraged at times,
with encouragement Janice persevered, even keeping the school going when the
original instructors left. Over time Janice has taught in various locations,
eventually opening up a commercial school in 1994 in Fort Myers, Florida. Having been introduced to various martial arts
by Sensei Joe Bass, she took up the study of other arts. Janice has achieved the
ranks of Nidan in Kendo, and Shodan in Iaido. Following the death of her husband
in 2001, Janice consciously chose to remain with Shohei/ Uechi Ryu, Kendo, Iaido,
and Kobudo to promote their growth, helping others to use these arts to better
their lives and develop self achievement. Janice believes in the many facets to
the arts and that one just needs to stay on that continued conquest of the
search for knowledge.
High School Coconut Creek High School, Coconut Creek, Florida
At what age did you begin to study karate? 17 years old
Why did you choose to study karate? It was popular, and looked interesting
Was there a reason why you chose to study Uechi Ryu? Someone I knew was going to open a school in my area.
What does this tour to Okinawa mean to you? A dream since I first started, interested in seeing where its roots are.
How has your martial arts study affected or changed your life? Since I’ve been teaching and studying my whole adult life, it is my life.
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