Many of us are familiar with our regular and long-standing member, Asher Kaye, who’s love of all things JKD has obviously sparked a trend in his family. Asher’s sister, Hannah D. Scott, caught the JKD bug after visiting our club, Herts Martial Arts, a couple of years ago and got a first-hand taste of something she’s grown to love and fiercely train for. Hannah lives in New York and trains at JKDNYC with Sifu Chris Moran.
A recent opportunity came to make a documentary and Hannah was offered, and jumped at the chance to focus on Female Athletes. An athlete herself since a young age, she was the ideal candidate.
We’re making a film about what it truly takes to be an athlete. The funny thing is, we discovered that there is very, very little in the way of documentaries and articles about what it really takes to be an athlete and certainly a woman athlete in a male dominated world of sport. There are a couple of pieces out there, but they don’t focus on the mental and physical discipline, pain and prowess it takes and at what cost. At present, 43% of pro athletes and female and there is only 4% media coverage of Women’s sport. But, it goes beyond that:
In an recent interview, Hannah said:
‘Being a gymnast, I started training at about five years old, there is a shelf-life to pro sport, so has to be an early start. It was brutal and still affects me today. With the introduction of things like Crossfit and military style bootcamps, women are almost challenged to train and compete at a male level, in a way. I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve heard things like ‘she’s a beast’ when describing people like Rhonda Rousey or the Williams’ sisters. There is a challenge to femininity that is just one of the things that comes along with athleticism. You train and train and the more athletic, the more of a ‘beast’.
We recently reached out to other female athletes to hear their story and it was actually quite sad to see the emotional and physical strain, especially with 80% of coaches being men from what we’re hearing.
‘Beyond the Plateau’ starts filming in April 2015, due for release at the end of the year.