>As a child, Zoro trained in a dojo in Shimoshiki village. He defeated all of the adults of the dojo, but consistently lost to Kuina, the sensei's daughter. After two thousand and one victories against Zoro, Kuina confided in him. Her father told her that as a woman, she would naturally become weaker than Zoro and could never be a great sword fighter. Zoro became furious, telling Kuina that if he beat her as a result of her gender, he would be dishonored. The two children vow that one of them will become the world's strongest sword fighter. The next morning, Kuina dies falling down a set of stairs.