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Meanwhile, other men in the room were cheering him on.
At martial arts schools, women may encounter other obstacles.
Our very own publisher and editor, Mariette Pan, a 12-year veteran and a second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do (Korean karate), shares that whenever she visits a new school, men tend to underestimate her abilities.
Worse still, women sometimes may be challenged to a duel by men who need a boost to their egos. A fellow student, twice my size, challenged me to fight him while we were in a room full of people.
It was something that I was used to shrugging off and generally ignoring.