She Kicks She Throws Women & Girls in the Martial Arts

[Review] Suffrajitsu: Mrs. Pankhurt’s Amazons #1

The year is 1914 and with Europe on the brink of war, the leaders of the radical women’s rights movement are fugitives from the law. Their last line of defense is the elite secret society of “Amazons”; women trained in the...

The Trouble With ‘Should’

[content note: discussion of rape culture, victim-blaming, and sexual assault] The words we use matter. When something important needs to be said, words need to be chosen carefully. And when it comes to women’s self-defense, ‘should’ is an ocean of word....

Forgive the interruption

Might have noticed that things have been quiet here, in your email inboxes, and at the tumblr.  I’ve been engaged with holidays, side projects, illness, and binge-watching the entire run of the Legend of Korra.  But I’m still here and...

Big Falls Are My Jam

I love falling. Not the trip-on-the-cat falling or the biff-on-the-ice falling, but oh, you know, getting swept up and/or tossed into the air by my trusty Hapkido partner.  One moment I’m sure-footed, the next I’m tipping. Shortly thereafter my feet...

A Deluge of Must-Reads – The Blog Wave

Friday has come and gone, but find below some quality writing from the martial arts internets! Have a link to share? Pop it in the comments. 18 January 2015 A Girl Who Does Jiu-Jitsu 3 Struggles Every Female Jiu-Jitsu Knows To...

Slim Down With Jiu Jitsu…The 1930s Way?

Fashionable Ladies’ Martial Arts for Sexy & Fitness isn’t new! Back in the 1920s and 1930s, Japanese martial arts – mainly jiu jitsu – was taking the Western World by storm, and New Zealanders were not about to let London...

Introducing the Blog Wave

A new feature for 2015 is the Friday Blog Wave.  Each week I’ll round up articles I think you’d all find relevant to your interests! In the comments, feel free to share your own recommendations (including your own!).

10 Things To Expect On Your First Day

We all come to martial arts as our unique selves with our own histories, goals, bodies, thoughts and feelings. Every art is different, every school is different.  You can imagine, then, that it won’t be easy to predict in a single...

Acceptable Self-Defense

[Content note: discussion of sexual assault, victim-blaming, opposition to consent] One of the most insidious forms of victim-blaming is the idea of the Good Victim.  Even though we know that anyone can be a victim of sexual assault, and trauma can make...

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...