On the other hand, it seemed that all women were quite excited and receptive to learning self-defense, which was a valuable lesson learned. Sensei Maneria has advanced students and teachers in training for certification. It is also Alka Ji’s dream that the women learn self-defense, but they lack consistent instruction. For the next intern, I propose that Sensei Maneria and others that he knows in the martial art community, volunteer their time to teach the women in their home villages. Both would benefit as the women would have consistent instruction and those who need teaching hours would receive them. In addition, according to Sensei Maneria, no one owns the knowledge and it is therefore the duty of those who know it to share it with others. For the advanced students, the best way to test knowledge is to teach. Due to this philosophy, I think this project could be feasible, especially with a grant to compensate the teachers for travel.
Conducted and written by Brooke Arnetter Becker