“Ishige is…  an authentic martial artist. The 28-year-old beauty is of Thai and Japanese heritage and comes from a family of martial artists. Her late father was a judo practitioner, and her older sister who is now a medical doctor trained in Taekwondo. Heavily influenced by her father, Ishige began her martial arts training at the age of nine with Aikido, Karate and Taekwondo.

“ ‘I started martial arts at a young age,’ she revealed. ‘It was to challenge myself. I did Karate, Taekwondo and Aikido together.’ “

The Nation – Thailand Portal,  July 20, 2017

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