AWARE, Shotokan offer self defense classes for women

Shotokan chief instructor Diana Stevens, far left, stands with assistants and students, from left, Marrella Gungob, Maraiya Gentili, Mattie Hall, Sandy Burgess and Delores O'Mara, in front of the Zach Gordon Youth Center, where the self defense class took place.

“Seek perfection of character, be faithful, endeavor, respect others, refrain from violent behavior” — these revered words comprise the dojo kun which is recited at the end of every karate class.


October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month. One way to promote a healthy relationship is to learn and practice the dojo kun from the foundation of physical and mental empowerment that Juneau Shotokan Classes offer.

AWARE (Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies) is proud to have partnered with Juneau Shotokan Karate and Zach Gordon Youth Center on Oct. 27 for a self defense class for women.

We offer a special expression of gratitude to an AWARE Woman of Distinction from 2010 and Shotokan’s chief instructor and Godon, Diana Stevens. Thank you, Diana, for offering this beautiful gift to women, young and old, for more than 25 years. You not only help keep a generation of women safe, but inspire them to your own level of discipline and steadiness. We appreciate you and your students, the class assistants, for volunteering your time and for contributing the proceeds of the class to AWARE.

Thank you to the team at Zach Gordon Youth Center — you make this a fantastically fun place for our event!

Diana and AWARE are planning another self defense class for women in April of 2013. For more information go to or

AWARE’s services are free and confidential. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please c all 586-1090.

Swarupa Toth, Legal Advocate at AWARE


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