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Kellyn Laurinski: the First Female Shihan of CSSD

Kellyn Laurinski: the First Female Shihan of CSSD

For the last Friday of Women's History Month, we're celebrating our very own history maker, Shihan Kellyn Laurinksi: the first female Shihan of Chamberlain Studios of Self-Defense. Kellyn was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1973. Early on she was involved in ballet in California, but spent most of her youth and well into college focused on music, never…

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Mrs. Judo: Keiko Fukuda

Mrs. Judo: Keiko Fukuda

For the third week of Women’s History Month we’re celebrating the life of Keiko Fukuda Shihan, the highest ranked female judo practitioner in history and the last living student of Judo founder Kanō Jigorō.

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Cynthia Rothrock: Queen of Martial Arts

Cynthia Rothrock: Queen of Martial Arts

For the second week of Women’s History Month we’re celebrating Grand Master Cynthia Rothrock, one of the most well-known martial artists of all time. She is also known as the “Queen of Martial Arts,” and “Lady Dragon,” and she is the inspiration for the Mortal Kombat character Sonya Blade. Bored with dance and baseball, Rothrock got her start in Tang…

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Ng Mui: Creator of Wing Chun

Ng Mui: Creator of Wing Chun

For the first Friday of Women’s History Month we are celebrating Ng Mui (or Ng Mei), a Shaolin Temple nun who is credited with creating Wing Chun, a martial art popularized in cinema by Michelle Yeoh, Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Donny Yen, and more. She is known as one of the Five Elders, one of the few who survived the…

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