I took my first martial arts class in 1999. Since then I have earned black belts in two different styles, and am currently studying Kenpo Karate. In my previous style, I was fortunate to have taught kids for almost seven years, and I am sure I gained more wisdom from my students than I ever imparted to them. While teaching I noticed (to my delight) that a good half my students were girls. As children, the girls were absolutely physically equal to the boys, and, to be frank, their ability to focus often made them better students. I have great hope for future generations.