She Kicks She Throws Women & Girls in the Martial Arts

[Vintage] Jiu Jitsu Nurse

This image courtesy of the American Embassy Second World War Photograph Library depicts American women Army nurses in Judo training.  The date and photographer are no longer known, but sometime between 1942 and 1945. Women in the United States Forces...

Dobok

I love wearing my dobok. Crispy When I joined Hapkido, it was crispy.  The creases were tight, the material was rigid – it felt like walking around in a cardboard suit.  It’s newness made me feel new and strange and...

[Advice] Dealing With Sexist, Racist Jerks

[Advice] Dealing With Sexist, Racist Jerks

One of the other students at my school is always making sexist or racist comments or jokes, and I hate it.  What makes it worse is that our instructor either just lets it go, or actually laughs at the jokes....

The Complexity of Women’s Self Defense

(content note: sexual violence discussion in this post and at links) I automatically wince when I hear the phrase Women’s Self Defense.  It conjures up images of mace in my purse, kicking imaginary nuts, and the ever-popular narrative of Walking...

Friends

Can I just say that one of the best things I’ve done for myself, my confidence, and my martial arts training was to actively, pro-actively, totally embrace my friendship with fellow women in my martial arts organization. Not just passively...

[Vid] Fifth Degree Kenpo Black Belt Speaks

A fifth degree black belt in Kenpo Karate discusses her marital arts experiences. I realized when I started training that it was something that was very specifically tailored for me.  As a woman I thought, ‘maybe not, maybe for the...

[Link] Bushido Road; Misty, Water-Colored Memories

At a blog dedicated to one women’s journey through Goju Ryu Karate, the author remembers some of the struggles of being on of the only women training, as well as the struggles of the women who came before her. I...

Confidence

There’s this typical idea of confidence that’s presented to me all the time, like a generic picture on a flash card: Confidence is loud.  It’s assertive.  It’s extroverted. It’s the first to volunteer, the last to sit down. It’s cheerful....