Updated: Sep 2, 2022
National Women's Day is a South African public holiday celebrated annually on 9 August. The day commemorates the 1956 march of approximately 20,000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against the country's pass laws that required South Africans defined as "black" under The Population Registration Act to carry an internal passport, known as a passbook, that served to maintain population segregation, control urbanisation, and manage migrant labour during the apartheid era - WIKIPEDIA
9th August is South Africa's "Women's Day", however, it is also common to call the month of August, "Women's Month". Regardless whether it is just one day or an entire month, the objective of the Women's Day/Month is to celebrate and recognize the wonderful women in our country, the roles they played in our history, and the challenges they face in the present day and beyond.
This year, the RKC Dojo would like to celebrate the strong, powerful and dynamic women of our dojo through short interviews.
Through these interviews, we briefly get to meet the female members of our dojo, and find out from them why the martial arts has played such an integral part in their lives!
The various interviews will be gradually released every few days during the month of August and this blog post will be updated each time a new interview is released.
Thanks to all the women in our dojo who participated in this initiative!
THANK YOU for being YOU!
We HONOUR you.
We RESPECT you.
We VALUE you.
A. PIPPA SANDMANN
RKC: What has Iaido (or martial arts) done for you in your life and your own personal development.
PS: Iaido has helped me to leave all my stresses at the door and focus on me whats important to me. It's helped me focus and to build my confidence. My life has improved since I started Iaido. There was a time when I didn't leave my house at all, now I have a motivation to go out and improve myself. In doing so, I have made new friends and I am doing something for myself!
RKC: Do you think more women should do martial arts and why?
PS: Yes, more women should do Martial arts. We are capable of so much and it helps build strength not only in out bodies but in our minds. It helps build focus, confidence and self-discipline.
RKC: If you could encapsulate your martial arts journey in one word so far, what would it be?
The Ryū Ken Chi (RKC) Dojo train the traditional Japanese martial arts of Kendo and Iaido (sword-based martial arts), as well as Jodo (the art of the short staff), that encourages the cultivation of the human character.
Kendo Kid is also available for children aged 6-11 years old.
RKC DOJO has 2 training venues within Johannesburg - RIVONIA and OBSERVATORY. Online training is also available.
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