Yoko moved to the UK to study a Fine Art Degree at Chelsea Collage of Art in London in her early 20’s and continued her art in the East end of London exhibiting nationally and internationally. Needing to reduce stress, as a busy mother of a 2 year old, Yoko began her training in Tai Chi 20 years ago and completed her teacher training in 2006.
In 2017 Yoko began studying Tai Chi and Qigong with Master Simon Watson, who is the only non-Chinese disciple of Professor Li Deyin and is the son of founder member of Longfei Taijiquan Association of Great Britain, Master Richard Watson, whom she has also had the privilege of studying with.
Under the guidance of Master Simon she has achieved many successes at national and international levels and her greatest achievement in 2018 was winning four gold medals at the London Competition for Traditional Tai Chi Chuan.
Yoko he has also won a place on the official Team GB who will be competing at the World Championships in September 2020 – postponed due to COVID-19.
Yoko is also a qualified reflexologist and Reiki healer and she runs a busy clinic along side teaching Tai Chi.