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   JUDO & JUJITSU DOJO

Sensei Nicole-

Have you ever practiced martial arts prior to practicing under Sensei Rich? If yes, which arts, how long did you practice them and why did you stop? Yes. I have practiced Tae Kwon Do on and off since the age of 10; and am still currently affiliated with it. I also practiced Vadha Kempo for 7 years. I am currently a black belt in both arts. Prior to practicing under Sensei Rich I studied Jujitsu for 7 years.

What made you want to practice martial arts? From the time I was 6 years old and saw old Kung Fu movies on television I have been motivated to learn martial arts.

How old were you when you first started practicing martial arts? I was 10 years old when I first started practicing. The first art I practiced was Chi Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do.

What made you want to practice Jujitsu and Judo? I had always been interested in martial arts and wanted to explore a different art within the field.

How long have you been practicing Jujitsu and Judo? I have been practicing Jujitsu for 15 years and Judo for about 5 years.

Do you feel more confident as a female having knowledge of this art for self-defense? Yes, I would say I feel more confident within myself for defense, however, I would not say I am over confident.

Coming into this art was it your goal to become a Sensei or was it just something you did for yourself? Since coming into the martial arts at the age of 10 my goal has always been to teach and share my knowledge with others.

How do you feel being the first female black belt under Sensei Rich? I feel very fortunate to be the first female black belt under Sensei Rich because I feel he has a better understanding of martial arts, body mechanics, leverage, and angles then the majority of instructors I have come in contact with.

Some women may get discouraged because the majority who practice martial arts tends to be male. What advice can you give to other women who want to learn this art and feel this way? The men I work out with have always been kind and welcoming to the females within our dojo. We are not gender-biased, when you come to our dojo your coming to work out and learn how to protect yourself, nothing involving your gender matters with us.

What has kept you motivated and dedicated all this time within these arts? Martial arts has always been a passion of mine since I was young. This passion has grown and developed as I have.

What are your hopes for the future pertaining to these arts? I hope to continue advancing in knowledge within these arts as well as passing my knowledge on to others. I do not feel my knowledge is complete within these arts and I feel I still have much to learn.


Mike-

Have you ever practiced martial arts prior to practicing under Sensei Rich? If yes, which arts, how long did you practice them and why did you stop? I have practiced Judo for a short time when I was about 12 years. old. I stopped because of a fractured left foot.

What made you want to practice martial arts? My son was at the school so Sensei Rich said you're already here so join.

How old were you when you first started practicing martial arts? 12 years old the first time.

What made you want to practice Jujitsu and Judo? I started practicing for anger management.

Coming into these arts at your age did you feel discouraged at all? Absolutely, for the first few weeks I felt like I was thrown from a moving train.

How long have you been practicing Jujitsu and Judo and what degree are you? I have been training under Sensei Rich for almost 5 yrs. I'm an Ikkyu Brown Belt in Jujitsu and a green belt in Judo.

Do you feel more confident having knowledge of this art for self-defense? I do feel better knowing what I know, because it gives you the confidence to walk away from a confrontation.

Coming into this art would you say it is a goal of yours to become a Sensei or is it just something your doing for yourself? It's the ultimate goal to achieve a Black Belt or Shodan as we call it. But obtaining a Black Belt doesn’t mean you can be a Sensei. Anyone who knows anything about the Martial Arts knows, when you finally get to Black Belt is when you finally start to learn something. Or as I like to think of it is Now I know the Alphabet so let's see if I can make some Words!

Some women may get discouraged because the majority who practice martial arts tends to be male. What advice can you give as a male to women who want to learn these arts and feel this way? I would tell them it's more beneficial for women to train then men because most women are attacked by men rather than women. Being out numbered in class would be great practice for real life situations.

What are your hopes for the future pertaining to these arts? My hope is to stay healthy enough in later years to keep on training with Sensei Rich. Martial Arts is a life long journey with endless possibilities of improvement both physical and spiritual.

What keeps you motivated within these arts to want to continue moving forward? The Quest for constant improvement keeps me motivated. Obtaining a Black Belt for most individuals is the final chapter of a short book. But for anyone who truly understands Martial Arts, achieving the rank of Shodan is merely the very beginning of an endless novel.


Chris-

Have you ever practiced martial arts prior to practicing under Sensei Rich? If yes, which arts, how long did you practice them and why did you stop? Yes. Basic Judo with two different instructors for about 2 years. I left because I felt I was not being challenged enough.

What made you want to practice martial arts? Self confidence.

How old were you when you first started practicing martial arts? 16 years old.

What made you want to practice Jujitsu and Judo? When I was in grade school one of my teachers brought me down to his school in Manhattan and it had attracted me.

Coming into these arts at your age did you feel discouraged at all? No.

How long have you been practicing Jujitsu and Judo and what degree are you? About a total of 7 years. In Jujitsu I am an orange belt and in Judo I am Ikkyu brown belt.

Do you feel more confident having knowledge of this art for self-defense? Yes.

Coming into this art would you say it is a goal of yours to become a Sensei or is it just something your doing for yourself? To become a Sensei.

Some women may get discouraged because the majority who practice martial arts tends to be male. What advice can you give as a male who practices these arts to women who want to learn and feel this way? I would tell them not be discouraged because you are most likely going to be attacked or in a situation where you must defend yourself by a male so it is best to learn the arts in mixed company.

What are your hopes for the future pertaining to these arts? To become a Sensei and continue my knowledge.

What keeps you motivated within these arts to want to continue moving forward? Helping people further their skills in these arts and being able to pass on my knowledge to them, helping them helps me.


Felicia-

Have you ever practiced martial arts prior to practicing under Sensei Rich? If yes, which arts, how long did you practice them and why did you stop? I started my martial arts training in Tae Kwon Do which I did for a little more than a year. I did not feel as if I was being challenged enough so I looked for something else and found Judo and Jujitsu.

What made you want to practice martial arts? It was something I had always wanted to do but for various reasons did not have the opportunity to do so until I was older.

How old were you when you first started practicing martial arts? 31 years old.

What made you want to practice Jujitsu and Judo? It made sense to me. I learned that it utilizes the smaller stature of a woman instead of focusing solely on strength.

Coming into these arts at your age did you feel discouraged at all? Sometimes. But each time I begin to, I learn something new and realize that my body can do a lot more than I give it credit for.

How long have you been practicing Jujitsu and Judo and what degree are you? Three years. I am a green belt in Jujitsu and a blue belt in Judo.

Do you feel more confident as a female having knowledge of this art for self-defense? Yes.

Coming into this art would you say it is a goal of yours to become a Sensei or is it just something your doing for yourself? A little of both. My ultimate goal is to learn as much as I can. To become a Sensei is simply part of the process.

Some women may get discouraged because the majority who practice martial arts tends to be male. What advice can you give to other women who want to learn this art and feel this way? Regardless of what a person wants to do they should never let the other people who participate intimidate him or her. My advice would be to find a dojo where you feel comfortable and you will see how much you can learn.

What has kept you motivated and dedicated all this time within these arts? The enjoyment I get out of practicing the art keeps me motivated, even when it's frustrating because wanting to know more keeps me dedicated.

What are your hopes for the future pertaining to these arts? I hope to continue to learn and grow and to be able to apply the principles that I learn in the dojo to other aspects of my life.


Zanna, Maria & Stacy-

Have you ever practiced martial arts prior to practicing under Sensei Rich? If yes, which arts, how long did you practice them and why did you stop? No. We didn't practice any mixed martial arts before.

What made you want to practice martial arts? Our parents wanted us to learn how to defend ourselves.

How old were you when you first started practicing martial arts? We were 10 or 11 years old when we started.

What made you want to practice Jujitsu and Judo? Sense of security for practicing self defense.

Coming into these arts at your age did you feel discouraged at all? Not discouraged, but sometimes were challenging because we were only 10 or 11 years old.

How long have you been practicing Jujitsu and Judo and what degree are you? We've been practicing for 5 or 6 years. Zanna- green belt in Judo, yellow belt in Jujitsu; Maria & Stacey- blue belt in Judo, yellow belt in Jujitsu.

Do you feel more confident as a female having knowledge of this art for self-defense? Absolutely.

Coming into this art would you say it is a goal of yours to become a Sensei or is it just something your doing for yourself? Undecided as of now.

Some women may get discouraged because the majority who practice martial arts tends to be male. What advice can you give to other women who want to learn this art and feel this way? They should not feel discouraged. On the contrary, they should feel more experienced because in most cases females are deemed vulnerable and are more likely to be attacked by males.

What are your hopes for the future pertaining to these arts? To obtain a well-rounded understanding of self defense in order to develop a higher sense of security.

What keeps you motivated within these arts to want to continue moving forward? The fact that we are being prepared for potential obstacles we may face in the real world.


Christina-

Have you ever practiced martial arts prior to practicing under Sensei Rich? If yes, which arts, how long did you practice them and why did you stop? No.

What made you want to practice martial arts? My husband is an orange belt in Jujitsu and a blue belt in Judo and his passion has been strong from the start, I guess it drew me in.

How old were you when you first started practicing martial arts? 22 years old, I just started this year.

What made you want to practice Jujitsu and Judo? Leo, my husband, enough said!

Coming into these arts at your age did you feel discouraged at all? Not at all.

How long have you been practicing Jujitsu and Judo and what degree are you? 3 months, I am a white belt.

Do you feel more confident as a female having knowledge of this art for self-defense? Absolutely!

Coming into this art would you say it is a goal of yours to become a Sensei or is it just something your doing for yourself? Yes, but I do not really have a time frame in which I really see it, meaning- will it be 5 years, 7 years, or 10 years? Who knows, but it is what I enjoy doing and I can not wait to understand and know more.

Some women may get discouraged because the majority who practice martial arts tends to be male. What advice can you give to other women who want to learn this art and feel this way? Do what your soul wants you to do no matter what your gender, age, or race.

What are your hopes for the future pertaining to these arts? I will be a Jedi, no seriously. The concept of moving energy (Kazushi) is so cool so I definitely see myself continuing for a very long time.

What keeps you motivated within these arts to want to continue moving forward? I am a learner so I do not get discouraged when I have trouble understanding or grasping something right away. My motivation is always to just keep getting pieces of the puzzle.




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