My introduction to martial arts came with my husband, Master William Mason,
over 46 years ago. After training with him for several years, I took a lengthy
sabbatical, and returned when he joined forces with the Karate 5 of Knoxville.
The association with GM Wilson and the Karate 5 added another layer to my
knowledge of the martial arts. Master Mason’s teachings have led me to study
and train with several well-known Masters and Grandmasters in the US.
I believe martial arts to be a mindset, and, as with anything that is important in life,
you should never stop learning or training. Our training places an emphasis on
self-defense. Any move in any system can be used for self-defense once you reach
an understanding that there is more than just “punching and kicking”. I am an
advocate of self-defense training for everyone, especially women of all ages. It
teaches you self-confidence, self-control, and will help you “get home safe”.
I retired ten years ago, after 30 years of employment, from Walters State
Community College. I enjoyed, to some extent, my association with the college
but the education received through training in the martial arts is more meaningful.
Training with my husband is a plus.