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StreetTalk

Toni McSorley

What’s your first memory of martial arts?

What are some highlights of your career?

What are the benefits of practicing martial arts?

How does your husband handle your strength?

What’s your first memory of martial arts?

And one of my friends in the neighborhood—her father taught martial arts. I grew up in Cheyenne, Wyo., and moved to Knoxville 29 years ago. I’m a naturalized Southerner now. I can even say ‘y’all.’

Arts of the Samurai is the only Knoxville martial arts school run by women. Do you teach mostly women?

Our classes are actually 45 percent women, and in the children’s classes, it’s about 50 percent girls. Of course, when I started in the martial arts, women just didn’t participate really at all.

Some women [come to Arts of the Samurai] because they have been victims of violence, and they don’t ever want to be again. Some women just want to get in shape. For a lot of women, it’s a community thing. We’re very community-oriented, and we do a lot of stuff for the community. On Sept. 10, our tournament is a fund-raiser for Serenity Shelter. They provide emergency housing and aid for women who are victims of domestic violence.

 

What are some highlights of your career?

 

What are the benefits of practicing martial arts?

 

How does your husband handle your strength?

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