I started in the martial arts in 1996 mostly because I had torn my ACL in soccer and couldn’t play anymore but still wanted to be active but also because ever since the first Karate Kid movie the martial arts fascinated me. In 1998, I moved from Albuquerque, NM to Tucson, AZ to run a school with my then husband. Moving to Tucson meant more training because when we moved we knew no one in Tucson. I tested for first black in December of 2000. I began teaching and loved it so much that I started teaching 5-6 days a week. I love working with people of all ages but I especially love working with teens. In 2003, I started taking kickboxing as a 3rd black requirement. It was then that I fell in love with yet another aspect of the martial arts. I loved the difficult workouts and the sparring which is originally what kept me from trying it. It was also a great way to get into shape and workout in stress or frustrations I was encountering in day to day life. In 2005 we switched the style of Kenpo we were teaching and that offered another challenge as far as learning all new technique names and adding more sets and forms. It was another challenge that I enjoyed. I was able to teach and have a better understanding of the style I was teaching and it honestly helped me to be better in sparring. I think having a better knowledge of how the body works helps people to know what they are capable of to defend themself. I started learning a new art in 2004, Edmund Parker the son of the founder of American Kenpo began teaching me Paxtial Arts. I was certified in Paxtial Arts after learning the basics in 2012. This is just another art form that teaches people to defend themselves. During my martial arts career I have had 3 children, 2 boys and a girl, and I have earned my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. I enjoy teaching after school programs with Kenpo and teaching kickboxing at Pima Community College.