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Monday, February 28, 2011

More Women are Empowered with Self Defense

When I first opened the Boulder Quest Center in 2005, I was interviewed for Women's Magazine. I was a mix of terrified and exhilarated, and come interview time, all too aware of what I could have said better. Luckily, I have a model for overcoming adversity and becoming more skilled (To-Shin Do in case you missed the reference)! Over the years, I've had a chance to practice with countless customers and advocates, as we all struggle to communicate the benefits of To-Shin Do training. I've worked with my teacher, An-Shu Stephen K. Hayes, and other school owners in the ninja-intelligence gathering of what works and what falls flat. I've worked with coaches through The Coach Connection and won an Emerging Entrepreneur award for my ability to communicate our vision. I've learned to preach to the choir and introduce new people to the path.

Now, nearly 5 years later, I had a chance to sit in the hot seat again. I was being interviewed by the Daily Camera for their 5 Questions segment. I had a great connection with the reporter and I felt that I delivered my points clearly and with the passion I have for changing people's lives for the better. In this article, I focus solely on the empowering benefits for women. Our self defense programs are intelligent, heroic, and adventurous and this article captures it well.

I hope you'll take a few minutes out of day to read and share this story. Plus, if you have any feedback for me, please leave a comment!

(Link doesn't work, copy and paste this one-- http://www.dailycamera.com/business/ci_17475325 )

If you'd like to hire me or any Boulder Quest instructors for your corporate event or a Girls Night Out, please fill out our contact form or give me a call (303) 440-3647.

Be ninja,
Mary Aitoshi



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There's always some areas in an article that aren't as precise as I'd like them to be. Since I'm such a stickler for the details, it should be said that To-Shin Do is a modern practice based on the ancient Japanese tradition of ninjutsu. Also, the woman who was quoted in the article was AMY Wright (not Mary). If you a gorgeous and functional bag, check out their stuff (or ask me, I own 3).

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