Letter from 2012 Athlete Scholar of the Year


My dear friends,

In 2003 at the age of 9 years old, I joined Kapolei Judo Club when it first opened its doors. Before I started judo I was a shy, little girl who was very studious. After joining our newly founded dojo, I began to become more outgoing and since then I have grown into the independent, young lady I am today. Judo has taught me to be confident in myself, perseverant, mentally strong, and to become a leader. Through my dedicated sensei's I developed these skills and learned a lot of life lessons, things that I don’t think a textbook or school could have ever taught me. I am very grateful and honored to have received the Athlete Scholar of the Year award. The scholarship helped me pay for my tuition and books.

Currently, I am a junior at the University of Hawaii at Manoa as a family resource and consumer science major (FamR) with a focus in gerontology. I plan to declare a double major with my FamR degree with a BA in psychology with a focus in child development. This path is leading me to my main goal of earning a Master's degree in nursing.

Since receiving the Athlete Scholar of the Year award, I have made many advancements in my judo career. Some of my major accomplishments were in June 2013; I became a certified Nage No Kata instructor and judge, in July 2014; I became a certified National referee, and most recently, I have earned my nidan. I continue to help teach the kids at our dojo. Also, I’m involved in our high school judo program as an assistant coach/team manager and referee.

I would like to thank everyone I have met throughout my judo career. You all have inspired and motivated me to continue and become active in our judo community. Thank you again for supporting higher education for judokas.

Diane Mikuni
Kapolei Judo Club, HI

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