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Clara E. Minor has been Inducted into the Marquis Who's Who Registry

Ms. Minor has flourished as a martial arts and self-defense expert, instructor and the Chief Executive Officer of Skyline Venture Group Inc, dba Minorsan Self-Defense and Fitness

    SANTA CRUZ, CA, November 11, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Clara E. Minor has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Ms. Minor is an esteemed martial arts and fitness expert with a 35-year career in empowering women to connect to their authentic selves through self-defense training. One of five siblings raised by first-generation Mexican and Italian immigrant entrepreneurs, she learned tenacity and perseverance at a young age from her parents' tireless work and unconditional support. At the age of 22, she began to study LimaLama, a modern Samoan martial arts discipline, under the tutelage of its founder, Grandmaster Tino Tu'umamao Tuiolosega. Energized and deeply affected by her practice, she dedicated herself to her training, completing more than 26,000 hours of practice and study over the next 12 years. Ms. Minor's training culminated in becoming the first and only woman to be awarded the title of a Full Professor of LimaLama Arts of Self-Defense by Mr Tino.

The physical and mental strength that Ms. Minor gained from her martial arts practice left her with a calling to share her experience and expertise with other women. In 1985, she established Minorsan Self-Defense and Fitness to bring her goal to life. In the many years since, she has developed a wide range of self-defense classes, workshops and intensives for women of all ages and fitness levels, and she remains committed to helping her students develop their self-determination and access their personal strengths through fitness and self-defense training. Her philosophy of practice is centered on the idea that the body and its reactions are conditioned by lived experience and trauma. Ms. Minor strives to guide women to retrain their bodies to access their power and react confidently rather than from a place of fear and uncertainty.

In addition to becoming a professor of LimaLama, Ms. Minor is a certified instructor of numerous group fitness methodologies, including Les Mills BodyPump®, STRONGNation®, Zumba®, KickAeroBix™ (Kickboxing) Tabata® Boot Camp, and a former Pilates Mat instructor. Notably, her classes incorporate strategies and techniques from a wide range of disciplines. As a part of her commitment to refining her practice and introducing the public to self-defense training, she has judged and competed in martial arts tournaments throughout Southern California and the Bay Area while producing martial arts workshops and demonstrations for events in Santa Cruz County. The author of self-defense manuals for women and fitness instructors, Ms. Minor has created training programs and materials for a Kickboxing Certification, Women's Self-Defense programs, and Bully Breakers™, an anti-bullying program for children.

Minorsan Self-Defense and Fitness is a woman of color-owned business, and Ms. Minor has been the sole owner and chief executive officer since 2010. As a keystone of the Santa Cruz fitness community and a beacon for women in business, she was presented with a 2019 TrailBlazers Award from the Santa Cruz County Women's Commission. Honored as the Woman of the Week by DiscoverHER Santa Cruz, Ms. Minor was selected as one of the Top 20 Best Martial Arts Teachers by Expertise, and won 'Besties' awards by Metro/Good Times Santa Cruz Weekly for several consecutive years.

In support of women and girls in the larger community, Ms. Minor is a volunteer self-defense instructor and presenter for Open Streets Santa Cruz, and a former runner for CASA of Santa Cruz County. She is active in local women's issues in Santa Cruz County, and supports local schools through their fundraisers. In the coming years, Ms. Minor looks forward to building a broader online presence that will allow her to fulfill her mission to forge connections with more women around the world, fostering journeys of emotional, spiritual and physical growth, and impacting their abilities to live lives of empowered freedom.

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