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Sensei Amelia started her martial arts journey as a White Belt in 2013. She began teaching with SDSS in 2018. She earned her 2nd Degree Black Belt (Nidan) in the fall of 2020, a special achievement that showed her commitment to continued training and to the martial arts even as we were all challenged by the pandemic.
Many of you know Sensei Amelia well as one of our core instructors on Zoom through the last year, and you’ll find her live and in person in the dojo several days each week. When asked why she keeps training, she said, “Honestly, because I’m having fun! I can’t imagine life without the dojo.”
Sensei Amelia is a student at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in mechanical engineering. Feel free to strike up a conversation with her about Star Wars, or ask her about the fun socks she’s sure to be wearing any given day! We admire her amazing creativity and the sheer joy she brings to learning new things and teaching others. Her time in the dojo has had a huge impact on her daily life: “I’ve learned self-discipline and leadership skills that have helped greatly in my jobs and university in general. And patience to deal with my brothers!”
Thank you, Sensei Amelia, for being part of our amazing instructor team!