Yoko Ishida

Yoko Ishida


I started karate when I was eleven years old. Before karate, I had been figure skating for six years, but I quit because I knew it wasn’t the sport just wasn’t for me.

I decided to try karate out because my dad had trained through high school and college in Japan and for a little bit at Sensei Koyama’s dojo in Phoenix. I instantly fell in love with karate. Everything about the martial art appealed to me—the training, the discipline, the budo, and the dojo camaraderie.

To this day, I cannot find the words to express why karate is so addictive; I guess it is because training helps block out the busy atmosphere outside the dojo for a couple hours and helps focus on improving one’s technique—whether that is through drills, kata, or kumite.

I also believe that it is important for women to be able to defend themselves. Karate is definitely a lifetime art I plan to practice for as long as I can.

Name: Yoko Ishida

Birthday: November 3rd 1990

College: Notre Dame Prep

Major: Biology, Physics

Favorite Color: Pink

Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

Favorite Movie: Last Samurai

Favorite Food: Salmon Spring Rolls

Favorite Quote: Good things come in small packages

My favorite songs
Hotel California
Dearest (Ayumi Hamazaki)
Gekkouka (Janne Da Arc)

My favorite links