About Rita
Uncategorized / January 14, 2018

Welcome! I’m very glad to meet you. WHY I STARTED TRAINING In the fall of 1974, I began studying at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as a freshman. I was small, tiny and very vulnerable. That fall, a man began attacking women on campus and if I was attacked, I would be “toast.” So I began looking for a skill set to increase my chances of successfully defending myself if I were attacked. While walking across campus, I noticed a poster advertising an Aikido demonstration. I’d never heard of Aikido; but the poster looked interesting. I attended the demonstration and was impressed by the black belt, who was successfully defending himself from a much larger person. I thought, “If he can do it; so can I.” Aikido was explained as a “non-violent art of self-defense. This was a perfect fit: I signed up for the class. As I began practicing I discovered that I very much enjoyed the training. It was the beginning of a life-long love for self-defense training. This lead to training in other arts, including, but not limited to,: Shorin Ryu, and fencing. WHY I WANT TO HELP PEOPLE Over the decades that I trained,…