Building self-confidence is the key to Leadership. When in sixth grade, my shy, soft-spoken, niece Katie approached me and asked me the best way how to learn to speak and write Japanese to add captions to her Japanese action cartoon characters that she liked to draw. I told her to take and learn martial arts. Taking martial arts over the next six years, Katie built her martial arts proficiency and self-confidence to do anything that she decided to do and it helped her excel in both her school studies and other outside extracurricular activities. As a result, she has become a super-achiever leader… way, way beyond most women her own age.