Lady Sensei has 11 years experience training and teaching martial arts. She was ranked third-degree black belt in Ninjutsu, Edged Weapons & Jujutsu by The Father Of American Ninjutsu, Professor Ronald Duncan, O Sensei (1937-2012).   She is also ranked fourth-degree black belt as an instructor in the Vee Arnis Jitsu School of Self Defense under Professor Scott Stewart.  Lady Sensei is the highest-ranking female instructor currently practicing in both systems in New York. She teaches 21st-century combative measures, empty hand techniques, traditional and improvised weapons. 

Lady Sensei is an NRA Certified Range Safety Officer and self-defense instructor under Chief Lateif Dickerson for the New Jersey Firearms Academy.  She is also an NRA Certified 'Refuse To Be A Victim' Instructor, a crime prevention program which teaches personal safety strategies.  Lady Sensei's background includes 7 years in Behavioral Health as a Psychiatric Emergency Response Team member and a certified crisis prevention instructor. She has de-escalated at thousands of clinical interventions and trained clinical staff in the use of verbal and non-verbal de-escalation skills, and non-violent physical interventions.

Lady Sensei's beginner workshops teach self-defense as empowerment and a holistic part of health and wellness. Having begun her training in her mid-forties, she believes that it is never too late to learn how to take care of one's self and learn the fundamentals of personal safety. Her workshops are thoughtfully designed to teach the mind as the primary weapon and how to increase safety options. Women can expect one hour of situational awareness training and verbal de-escalation techniques and one hour learning and practicing where and how to strike targets to disable an opponent.

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Lady Sensei has been recognized as an "Ambassador Of The Arts" 2017 by Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall Of Fame. She also became a member of the International Circle Of Masters Hall Of Fame as the "Self Defense Instructor of The Year"  2017 and the first recipient of their O Sensei Ronald R. Duncan Sr. Award; she was also appointed as their New York State Representative.

Lady Sensei has been honored by the World Headmasters Sokeship Council, and will be featured in authors Ron Van Clief and Glenn Perry's upcoming books, "Black Heroes Of The Martial Arts Vol. 2" and The Martial Arts: The First 100 Years Making The Connection In North America" She was inducted into the World Karate Union Hall Of Fame as  the "Woman Of The Year" 2017.

Awards & Recognition

Lady Sensei has been a public speaker for 18 years in the public and private sectors as an entrepreneur and educational consultant. She inspires others with her amazing transformation. Her journey from a domestic violence victim to an instructor is a powerful testament to her warrior spirit, and to the healing power of the martial arts.  

She discusses the philosophies which propelled her, what it is like to be a mature student, training and overcoming barriers as a female practitioner. She shares a colorful, thoughtful and compelling view of her experiences with audiences across the country. 

She earned her Certification in Training from New York University's School of Professional Studies; a Master Certificate in Healthcare Leadership from Cornell University; and a Mini-MBA from Rutger's University in Business Essentials. Lady Sensei also received a Statement Of Achievement from New York University Leonard N. Stern School Of Business, where she completed an Executive Education Program in Management. 

Lady Sensei New York is a member of the National Speakers Association; the Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors;  the National Women Martial Arts Federation;  the American College Of Sports Medicine and the Hakkoryu Martial Arts Federation.  

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