Femininity and Motherhood in Martial Arts by Sandy
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Sensei Sandy Hayes graduated to Yondan and Shihandai in December 2010. Her thesis highlights her growth in understanding of what it means to be a woman and a mother in martial arts, and is a must read for all martial artists.
Sakamoto sensei was so impressed with her insightful and knowledgeable thesis that he sent the essay to his own friend and mentor, Shinzato sensei in Okinawa, who responded that ;
A man often develops the martial art theory relating only to technique. When a lady explains the state of martial art training from the sexual viewpoint which harbors the life and brings that up, there is the feeling that something lacks in the depth of understanding of the man.