She Kicks She Throws Women & Girls in the Martial Arts

The Legend of Bruce Lee

The Legend of Bruce Lee

Before I tell you my story, I’m going to ask you a question. You don’t have to answer out loud, you can answer in your head, but answer with integrity. My question is this: Do you practice martial arts every...

On Quitting

I’ve been thinking a lot about the common view of martial arts as a life-long commitment, at least as I perceive it in the United States. I also think a lot about how many martial artists express shame and guilt if they have...

[Review] Re-Gifters, a graphic novel by Mike Carey

A friend of mine came across this graphic novel by chance, down in the bargain basement of a Swedish comic shop. They said they couldn’t believe it when, while browsing to kill time, they saw the word ‘Hapkido’ bounce up from a comic description. !...

The Release of Energy

I sit at my desk all day. I try to get up, move around, but it could be hours before I get to my feet. I come home, write, watch Netflix, maybe even go on a walk. But there’s something...

Two blue boxing gloves with black accents.

Permanently Black & Blue

There’s a dance studio in the same building as my dojo, and when they play their music loudly, we hear it through the walls. Often, we’ll watch our teacher demonstrate a series of devastatingly painful arm locks with a merry...

Collage of three t-shirts being modeled by young women - blue tank top with a kitty, orange t-shirt with a kitty, and tan t-shirt with the Judo Championships poster on it.

She Kicks She Shops!

I like martial arts and also art art. I’ve set up a Society6 shop with some sweet women in martial arts history merch. Also kitties!   You can get the kitty on any color or style shirt you want –...

10 Amazing Martial Artists from History

In no particular order, some inspiring martial arts pioneers from recent history. <3 01. Kayla Harrison, Olympic Gold Medalist Judoka Judoka Kayla Harrison (b. 1990) was the first American to win an Olympic gold medal in Judo at the London...

How I Get Ready

This Monday was my first time back at karate after summer, and as some of you might remember from my previous post, I haven’t been training much before that for the last year. I was so nervous I thought I...