I have always had a deep seeded love for horses. I was convinced at a very young age that I could communicate with the animals. As a kid I owned every horse figurine possible. I spent more time with the neighbors’ horses than at home and pestered my parents daily to have a horse of my own.
At the age of 8 after moving away from the neighbors’ farm and into the city, I found a new interest, the way of the samurai. I spent endless days carving wood for arrows and collecting branches for crafting bows. I studied the Japanese culture of archery and martial arts with library books and practiced in my parent’s basement that I had turned into my weapons room.
Later that year my family was gifted an orphaned colt. After school everyday I rode my peddle bike 15kms to visit him. But as life has it my family moved once again and my little four legged friend went to live with my cousin.
At the age of 13 I was able to convince my parents to enroll me in martial arts classes. For 2 years I studied shotican and Kempo. At 15, I began amateur boxing. This led me to kickboxing. At sixteen I won the amateur BC ISKA title.
By the age of 17 I held the amateur Canadian and North American titles. I became a BCRBA group fitness leader and personal trainer, while assisting my sensei teaching beginner classes.
At 18, I turned pro and defeated the inter-continental Muay Thai champion.
I held 3 North American titles in various weights classes. And in 1999 defeated the world champion. Crowning me the new queen of the ring.
I then took a turn to the movie industry. Working as a stunt double and landing a few staring roles in a couple movies. Even though this was the direction I had hoped my life to take, the film industry wasn’t everything I had imagined it to be.
In 2002 I moved back to the country where my family lived, met my husband and opened my own dojo in the Columbia Valley. Here I finally had the opportunity to connect with my childhood dream of owning a horse, this quickly turned into lots of horses and children.
In 2018 once my 4 children became a little more independent, I needed a new challenge aside from my martial arts coaching. I began my new career as facilitator of experiential equine learning. My horse partners and I began to work on people, communicating intuitively healing hearts. This drove me to further educate myself with other modalities to assist and improvement the quality of life for my clients. This included timeline therapy, neurolinguistic programming, hypnotherapy reiki and yoga. Just after completing the yoga training I discovered intuitive archery. The energetic expression of intuitive archery coupled with the heart chakra in the element of air really struck a vibration that deeply resonated with every ounce of my being.
What a perfect relationship, martial Arts on horseback.
With my competitive drive and natural athletic abilities my ground archery accelerated.
I have had the opportunity to study with world class Hungarian master instructor Merse Konkoly for the last 3 years and have spent a week, participating with the trainings at the Kassai Valley in Hungary. My hope is to help support Canadian community’s to grow this sport with the methodology of the Kassai System.
Athletic coach since 1996,
Life coach since 2018
BCRBA personal trainer and group fitness leader, 1996
CANFIT Pro Personal training 2001
CrossFit certified Trainer, 2012
2 degree black belt, 1993
Vini Yoga Instructor 2021
Green belt OKS, 2022
Mounted archery, 2020
Currently completing multi sport training Canadian National coaching NCCP