Dawn Barnes: 2006 Woman of the Year

This video biography of Dawn Barnes was presented during her induction into the 2006 Black Belt Hall of Fame as Woman of the Year. With the creation of Dawn Barnes Karate Kids Inc., Barnes was able to fulfill her dream of exposing kids to ancient mind, body and spirit traditions while teaching them the physical skills of karate. Her mission statement is simple and direct: to inspire self-esteem in every child. Nicknamed “America’s Leading Female Martial Arts Entrepreneur,” Dawn Barnes is the first woman in the country to own four studios. With nearly 1,300 students, she runs the most successful all-children’s program in the world. Despite all her success, charity remains close to Dawn Barnes’ heart. Kids Kicking Cancer, founded by Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg, has recently teamed up with Dawn Barnes to bring the martial arts and meditation to seriously ill children. Because of those accomplishments, Black Belt is proud to induct Dawn Barnes into its 2006 Hall of Fame as Woman of the Year.