Each year, Discovery High School seniors complete a yearlong research project focused on an important issue facing members of the school, community, or world. Our students gain a deep understanding of their issue through research, mentoring from a leader in the field, and the development of a project to address the issue. Over the next few weeks, we will spotlight several DHS senior projects in The Compass. To learn more about the DHS Senior Project experience, please contact Geoff Crosson – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Driving Question: How can we increase the number of women in martial arts?
Why the student selected the project: I selected this project because I have spent several years practicing martial arts. While my dojo is very inclusive, I still noted that there weren’t many female students or instructors. I wanted to research how I could make a dojo more female friendly and how to engage female students better.
What I learned: I discovered that a dojo can become more friendly to female students and engage them through a few steps of awareness. It is important that the dojo has an awareness of sexual harassment and embraces a conscious sense of ensuring the environment promotes equality. It is important that a class has a gender neutral environment and that specific self-defense requirements for women are met. I provided a free self-defense class to my community that lasted two hours and introduced students to various techniques they could use to defend themselves physically and emotionally in order to promote martial arts among women.