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There is this whole big fuss about how girls can do any thing that boys can. Somehow Martial arts is still considered to be a boys' sport by most. I am currently a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do. I have worked really hard to get to where I am. At school my class is making fun of it.

They think that because I'm a girl my rank doesn't count and that it's all a big joke. When I try to explain that it isn't they make mock martial arts noises and stances instead of listening to them.

What should I do?



First, a big congratulations on your achievements in martial arts.

In general, I think the best defense is to ignore it -- to just change the subject -- otherwise you become emotional and they become more entitled. I think that you should just prove to them by doing.

Your commitment and success will eventually prove them wrong. And also know that because you are breaking barriers -- you are probably one of the few girls pursuing this -- you are likely to continue to face this challenge, but will ultimately make it much better for those who come in your foot steps.

Good luck,

-- Amy

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