Wilhelmina (Mina) Mengler
1964 - 2009
Mina Mengler joined the Bankeside Schoole of Defense in 2008. Years previously, she was always at Bankeside's events with a video camera in hand filming not only our demonstrations, but some of the school's curriculum and choreography as well. Despite her physical limitations, Mina continued to train with excellent results. Early in 2009, she took a fall and was unable to continue training even though she completed the school requirements to test for the Scholars rank. Much to the surprise of the instructor, she asked permission to test anyway and carried away the prize of Bankeside Scholar. In July of 2009, Mina passed away from complications due to a recent injury.
Mina was always there with a smile and a keen learning of the art. She was always insistent on training and performing with Bankeside, even when her limitations gave her trouble. A truly remarkable and inspirational woman.