Renée separated from her husband of 8 years in 1998 she felt very defeated and
tried to search for something to help make her life feel meaningful.
In this search she decided that studying karate would be a good idea,
since she’d seen it make a tremendous difference in her brother’s life,
creating an inner core that seemed unshakeable.
She wanted this for herself as her core seemed very shakeable.
Renée started studying Uechi Ryu. Given her low spirits and busy schedule,
there were times when she would give in to her stress and stay home. Thanks to
the perseverance and support of her teachers Renée kept attending classes and
came to the realization that she usually felt better when she showed up than
when she didn’t.
her own personal journey Renée faced many trials and challenges, at times
compromising her values and beliefs. She
strongly believes that because of the small seed of self-esteem and faith that
had been planted in her core she realized that she had other choices.
She made some very difficult choices regarding people and living
situations in her life that she believes she could not have made without the
support from her teachers at the dojo and the growing belief that she could
survive much more than she’d ever given herself credit for.
starting karate much has changed in her life, including how she looks at and
reacts to things. She has a deep
belief that she can survive anything emotionally and is comfortable with
herself in a way that she’d never thought possible.
Renée credits this all to what she has learned through karate.
She has also become much physically stronger and feels a greater sense of
freedom and personal control, no longer being fearful of someone trying to break
into her house, etc. Renée views
this trip/pilgrimage as the perfect chance to refocus and strive goals
At what age did you begin to study karate?
Why did you choose to study karate?
Was there a reason why you chose to study Uechi Ryu?
I knew two people that had studied Uechi Ryu and my brother recommended me to study with Steve at the OKC. I felt more comfortable starting with a style/tradition that someone I knew had studied and I have never been interested in trying something different.
What does this tour to Okinawa mean to you?
How has your martial arts study affected or changed your life?
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