Category: Video of the Week

10 Women Ninja Warriors

Okay, I love this show. I probably wasn’t the only kid to make up complicated and likely dangerous obstacle courses in playgrounds and backyards and race through them with my brothers. Ninja Warrior looks crazy fun, everyone competes on the same course,...

[Vid] Kayla Harrison: Judo Hero

I love this video featuring Kayal Harrison talking about her life as a judoka. [content note: The next part of this post contains discussion of childhood sexual abuse. The video does not.] Kayla Harrison became a personal hero during my...

Tiny Warriors: Girls in Martial Arts

One of my favorite things is seeing little girls excel in martial arts. It’s challenge to what little girls are made of, to the dichotomy of princess and warrior, sweetness and strength. The girls in these clips also have incredible...

Quaint! Old Timey Self-Defense Videos

I’m not saying there aren’t some problematic implications of quaint-ifying violence against women, cutesy-upping women’s physical resistance, or infantalizing women and their struggle for freedom from harassment and violence. There are! But there’s also something important about the massive increase...

Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful

I just watched the 2012 documentary Mrs Judo: Be Strong Be Gentle Be Beautiful. It’s fantastic. This Kickstarter’d documentary follows the life of Keiko Fukuda, the highest ranking women in judo ever.  She achieved the rank of 10th dan in 2010, and...

Women Have a History – Gerda Lerner

Just as Gerda Lerner points out here some people get confused as to why study women’s history as opposed to history.  I encounter the same kind of confusion – why study women’s martial arts history and not just martial arts...

Martial Arts Nuns From The 1970s?

[content note: mention of child abuse and rape] The sisters of The Holy Family serve what is perhaps the most crime-ridden part of Philadelphia. Their orphanage is in constant danger of vandalism and burglary. In recent months several of the children...