Maureen Skinner is showing off Girl Power by doing Karate at the school!

Karate is Girl Power

Karate as Girl Power?

On September 28, US Budokai Karate senior member Maureen Skinner achieved her third degree black belt.  Senpai Maureen is a fabulous role model and our biggest cheerleader when it comes to “girl power”.   As part of her promotional examination, Senpai Maureen was asked to give a presentation as to why she thinks karate is “girl power”.  Here is what she had to say:


We come to the dojo for training
And say “OSU!” to fellow students we see
We focus, we learn, we concentrate
Building skills as we sweat in our gi

Skills that help keep our wits about us
Strengthen both our brains and bodies alike
Growing confident in our abilities
To be able to both block and to strike

Karate is more than the “kid” and the “chop”
It is about endurance and keeping ourselves fit
Plus it’s as much about creating a positive self-image
As it is learning how to avoid getting hit

We work out together to develop our form
Both male and female the same
Equality is affirmed in all that we do
Creating warriors is the name of the game

But in fact, girls are generally weaker than boys
With less muscle and bulk to protect
Though speed and agility are in our favor
And can be used to obtain proper respect

So although karate workouts benefit both genders
To develop poise, confidence, and control
I believe these skills are of most value to women
And why the cheer “Girl Power!” I often extol!

BY: Maureen Skinner

Maureen Skinner is showing off Girl Power by doing Karate at the school!
Girl Power!

Girl power because…

…karate develops far more than the ability to defend oneself and provides character development lessons that last a lifetime!  Great role models like Senpai Maureen help keep our students on track! If you are looking for more strong female role models for your daughter, check out



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Renshi Susan Warzek, 7th degree black belt & US BUDOKAI KARATE of Clifton Park has been repeatedly selected as the communities’ #1 Martial Arts School!

Established in 1980 by Master Instructor, Hanshi Russ Jarem an 8th degree Black Belt, US Budokai Karate and for pre-school children ages 4-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop the skills needed for a successful in school and later in life.

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