She Kicks She Throws Women & Girls in the Martial Arts

The Dojo is my “Green Place”

I spent a good portion of my college years immersing myself in the martial arts. At peak, I was training 9 hours a week plus serving as president of the martial arts club. Almost all the social events I attended...

I love training with other women

I love training with other women. I get to train with guys all the time. Most of the time, I train with pretty much only men.  That’s why I say in particular: I love training with women! It’s an experience...

Screencap from Stuff You Missed in History class featuring three previews of recent podcasts. A black and white photo of a woman in a uniform for a WWII Women Service Pilots story, an old black and white illustration of a woman knitting for a podcast on the history of knitting, and a colorful old illustration of a many-masted sailing ship for a piece on the legendary Zheng He.

5 Inspiring Websites About Awesome Women Stuff

I did not know what to call this post. The list has blogs, a webcomic, a YouTube channel, and other stuff. So Awesome Women Stuff seemed about as apt as anything else! None of them are really martial arts related,...

Women Only Martial Arts Spaces Part III

This is the third in a multi-part series where I look into the meaning of women-only spaces in martial arts. In the first and second parts, I pulled some historical and recent-history examples of women-only martial arts spaces and talked a...

A black and white picture of a white woman sitting in a wheelchair, surrounded by police. She's got a 'take no shit' expression on her face.

Women Only Martial Arts Spaces: Part II

This is the second in a multi-part series where I look into the meaning of women-only spaces in martial arts. In the first part, I presented examples of women only martial arts spaces and what they sorta meant. In the...

The members of the Joshi Bu (Women's Section) of the Kodokan, 1935

Women Only Martial Arts Spaces: Part I

The history of martial arts is teeming with examples of women-only martial arts spaces.  The circumstances of how these spaces came about vary. Sometimes the segregation was imposed by patriarchal forces. Sometimes women claimed their own space for safety, solidarity,...