This blog is dedicated, in all senses of the word, to women and girls in the martial arts.  We are committed to the inclusion, equality, and safety of women martial artists; our content focuses on the experiences of women in the martial arts; and this blog stands in gratitude and acknowledgement of the work of women and girls past and present who pave(d) the way.


About the Author

My name is Sarah Carney and I run She Kicks She Throws, along with occasional posts from other contributors.  I have a 2nd degree black belt in Hapkido and practice in Des Moines, Iowa.  I have been practicing since 2006.  I am also a dancer, artist, and writer.

She Kicks She Throws started out as a Tumblr blog in February 2013 after I began looking for an online community that focused on women and girls in the martial arts.  I wasn’t totally satisfied with what I found, to be honest. Many of the tumblr blogs focused on solely sexualized images of women martial artists, or on problematic body-policing by way of bad healthspo or fitspo.  I had been seeking a place where I could share and read the experiences of other women, where I could learn about the history of women in the martial arts, and see artwork by us and about us.  Since creating this blog I’ve come to find a supportive community of women martial artists online and I’m happy to be a part of it.

So for me, this blog is a celebration of martial arts, and it’s about our full experience.  It’s a way to come together and fight isolation.  It’s about the complex, diverse, and ever-changing nature of who we are and what we do.