A picture of me receiving my Junior black belt in 2013 at my grading/ceremony.

Looking back at these pictures I realized that some of my earliest memories are in this dojo pictured above. I would take 2–3 karate classes a week, go to gradings to work for higher belts, do in-house competitions (eventually winning some of them), and stay the night for annual sleepovers. Growing up I never once had the ambition of becoming a karate master or being the next Jackie Chan, but for me, karate was a place that I could be myself, a place where nothing but my strength mattered.

So here I am, writing about my experience with karate and…

Isabelle Vohsemer

I’m an interaction designer based in Toronto Canada, and an avid believer in using #digitalforgood.

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