I sat down three times over this past week trying to force myself to journal, but ended up with nothing. Everything I wrote just didn't quite work. Until today I was reminded why I am so proud to be a female martial artist. It is getting more common now (which is awesome!) for girls to be involved in martial arts, but it wasn't always. When I first started training, I was one of two girls in the kids class and the other girl was my sister. It didn't take long before, more often than not, I was the only girl in class. I will never forget the first time my capability was questioned. I believe I was a blue belt, which would make me almost 9 years old. We were sparring in class and I ended up partnered with a boy about my age whom I had never met before. The boy told BKJN (then SBN) Dan that he couldn't spar me because I was a girl. Well, we sparred anyway and my partner was not happy about it. I don't remember how the match turned out, all I remember was being satisfied knowing that I could do anything a boy could do, even when they said I couldn't. Now, there are many more young girls participating in martial arts, its great! Not only do you learn the physical curriculum and self-defense, but also confidence, respect, and discipline, the list goes on and on. So yes, I do run like a girl, and punch like a girl, and kick like a girl, because I am a girl. And I'm proud of it. Every girl should be.