Monika Ritzler, first women in Sweden to be promoted to Oku-iri Sho-dan.
Monika who has Dan grades in Karate (Goju Ryu) and Ju-jutsu where
she is a European Champion. Monika also has high grades in Wado
Ryu and Judo.
With Dan grades in three Budo arts she is probably
one of the most accomplished Budo women in Sweden today.
I am fortunate in having the privilege to train with Monika and
all the wonderful people in Yoshinken.
to Sensei Marshall McDonagh a true Master, who cultivates and encourages
existing knowledge from our members in Karate found in (Kyokushinkai,
Goju-ryu,Wado-ryu and Shotokan), including as well Ju-jutsu, Aikido,
Tai-chi, Pa Kua, Judo, Kendo, and boxing with Taikiken as the basic
I have not heard of any other women in Europe or Japan who has been
promoted to Oku-Iri Shodan so maybe Monika is the first women today
in the world to reach that grade. We really hope that more women