Benarroch, October 2020
A Perspective From a Girl in a Dojo
The desire to transform an ordinary event of my life into something extraordinary led me to create my series: "A Perspective from a Girl in a Dojo ". One might never think that women, photography, and Tae-Kwon-Do can go hand in hand together. However, I have taken these elements present in my life and found a way to put them together to enhance the perception of feminine strength.
The purpose of my "A Perspective from a Girl in a Dojo” portfolio is to reveal how young women can be fierce, strong, and fearless individuals while still being the sensitive and feminine girls we each are.
I started Tae-Kwon-Do eight years ago when I was a 7-year-old little girl. Now, as a young woman, I feel it has become part of my identity and has truly molded me into who I am today. My martial arts experience has been especially unique because ninety percent of my time there I have been surrounded by guys, often the only girl training. Even the instructors have only been men. I know that many women have experienced the same situation in traditionally male-dominated sports or professions. I want to show how unique the few girls and young women who keep showing up at the dojo are; those who feel it is okay to be standing alone if you are genuinely passionate about what you are doing.
The unfortunate reality is that there are not many women training in martial arts, let alone, who become masters. So, at the moment, not only am I among the highest ranks in the academy, but I am the highest-ranking female in the whole school. I am a conditional first-degree black belt, and, in a few months, I will be a certified First Dan black belt**. I feel incredibly proud, empowered, and accomplished to be in such a position, not only as an individual but also as a young woman.
Since I began my series and started to explore the true depths of feminine strength, my self-confidence and self-awareness as a female martial artist and photographer started to bubble up to the surface. A whole new appreciation and empowerment have unintentionally emerged. I realized how great it would be to spread this recognition to others.
I wish to inspire other girls, expand the idea of powerful female figures, and illustrate the new beauty of having feminine strength, determination, and spirit. My definition of femininity slowly evolves, as I witness it every day when I see the girls at my dojo training hard and fighting fearlessly.
They are the reason I chose to photograph this personal series above any other.
I want to keep this precious instant of our morphing into powerful yet feminine young
I want to celebrate them; I want to celebrate us.
**In February 2021, I received my First Degree Black Belt!