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Acupuncturist, Judo therapist

No. 4

Continue to make real efforts. 
It's the foundation for everything that you do.

Yuki Yamamoto

Acupuncturist, judo therapist. She graduated from Kyoto Women's University's master's program. When she was 27 years old she started learning Kyokushin Karate. Since 2008, she has won four consecutive Kyokushinkan All-Japan Women's Karate Championship heavyweight titles. Since 2009, she has represented Japan in the All Kyokushin World Weighted Karate Championship three times and placed third in the world championship in 2019. She won the lightweight class at the All Asia Karate Championships. She won the U.S. Open tournament in the open weight class. She has won many other international competitions.

Yuki Yamamoto

Being serious about mastering something moves the people around you. This is what I felt strongly through Kyokushin Karate, and what I most want to convey to people who are worried about their current situation. Nothing will change if you rely on others for support or wait for society to change. However, if you take action towards your goal, you are sure to move the hearts of others who see it, and they will surely lend you their strength. The same thing happened when I announced, ``I'm going to go to the world championships and fight against the Russians.'' Everyone around me laughed bitterly, thinking there was no way I could make it, but as I continued to try and not give up, the number of people who joined me in kumite and cheered me on increased. . As promised, when I went to the world championships and competed against Russian athletes, a huge number of people were happy. I remember feeling a sense of accomplishment, ``I've finally made it this far,'' and realizing that ``so many people helped me.''

I'm sure people will help you with your desire to master it.

Currently, I am an acupuncturist and open a private treatment clinic exclusively for women. We were founded in 2019 with the desire to recover from fatigue and improve physical ailments unique to women, as well as provide emotional support through acupuncture, which is a work that heals people. Emotional support means providing emotional support to women who, because they are women, have given up on their dreams and goals due to social barriers and childcare responsibilities, and who are worried about their current situation. It would be a waste to give up, and I want women to be proactive and pursue their dreams by letting them know that there are other options even if it is impossible to continue. The background to this is my own experience as a female karate practitioner who has struggled with society's reputation and image. On my path to mastering karate, there were many obstacles that stood in my way because I was a woman. When I gave birth to my child, women's participation in society was not as advanced as it is now, so I was criticized in many quarters as outrageous for me to practice karate while raising my child. When I brought my children to the dojo, I received unpleasant looks, and I was criticized online, asking, ``Why are you continuing karate without raising your children?'' When I finally couldn't stand the constant criticism and tried to quit karate, the teacher at the dojo I was attending stopped me. She said, ``Child-rearing is not something a mother should do alone. If you're told no, then everyone at the dojo should raise it. So keep going.'' Since then, when I go to the dojo, everyone at the dojo has really supported me in raising my child, with people feeding my child milk and holding me, and men with good physiques doing their best to cradle my child. I gave it to you. That's why when I set out to heal people as an acupuncturist, the first thing that came to mind was the faces of women and mothers.

While she is a karateka, she is also a mother. Her experience led to her current work as an acupuncturist.

When I first started Kyokushin Karate, I kept thinking, ``What exactly is strength?'' After continuing to practice, I now think that strength is being able to help others. More specifically, I believe that becoming stronger does not lead to helping others, but rather that we need to become stronger in order to have the power to help as many people as possible. I started Kyokushin Karate at the age of 27 and have been supported by many people until I achieved results in various competitions such as All Japan and World Championships. It would have been impossible for me to take on the challenge of exploring the world while raising a child on my own. Now that I've become stronger, it's my turn to help someone. The reason I felt this way was because of my Kyokushin training and the teachings of ``Be careful and benefit others.'' When I receive acupuncture treatment, I often receive inquiries from mothers who ask, ``Is my life ending with raising children?'' At times like these, you can encourage them by telling them about your experience and saying, "It's okay. I thought so too, but you've worked so hard to get this far. I'm sure you can still grow." I want to continue to be a strong person who supports many people by utilizing this spirit that I learned from Kyokushin.

Being strong means being able to help others. I will continue to keep in mind the motto, "Be careful and do others good."

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