“In September of 2011, I decided to take my kids for an introductory appointment at a National Karate. As I sat there listening to all the benefits that martial arts would offer my children, something inside me clicked and I decided to sign up as well. Martial arts had always been something I wanted to try so I thought “why not?” “what have I got to lose?” I signed by the X and they handed me a uniform. Early classes were rough. The padded floors hurt my feet beyond words. Muscles ached that I had obviously never used in my entire life! A lot of times my lungs burned, and things were a struggle. In spite of all this, I completely fell in love with martial arts.
It has been seven and a half years since I walked into the karate school. I had always heard the quote “when the student is ready the master will appear.” After many attempts to change my life-style and my eating habits, I was ready, and the masters did appear. Not only did karate change my life physically, it changed it professionally. In March of 2014 I earned my personal training certification. Followed by becoming a registered yoga instructor, certified specialist in sports nutrition, certified specialist in strength and conditioning for athletes. I opened my own personal training studio in 2015 and took the position as head instructor of the Bloomington National Karate in June of 2018.
I would have never thought when I walked into that little karate school the impact that it would have on my whole life. It has been a wild and wonderful ride every step of the way. It took me from believing that I was, who I was already going to be, to what’s the next goal? What’s the next challenge.”