She Kicks She Throws Women & Girls in the Martial Arts

Different Words, Same Language

About 4 months ago my boyfriend and I took up learning swing dancing. We were learning from our friend Sarah, and recently we all attended a swing dancing clinic weekend in Omaha. We had a ton of fun, and what...

5 Tips to Learn to Teach Martial Arts

Teaching is an art unto itself! Many martial arts schools require that as a student ranks up, they take on more and more teaching responsibilities. And here’s the truth of it: teaching is an art of it’s own! Great teachers...

The Early History of New Zealand Women Police

And now an interlude to learn a bit about how women came to be police officers in New Zealand. As everything like this, it took a great deal of work on the part of women, work still being done today....

Blogwave Meets World

Lot of people are headed back to school and are super busy, and excited, and bushy-tailed.  And I’m excited to share some great writing from around the internet for women, by women, and about women!

Hero Worship, Accountability, and the Moral High Ground

[note desc=”discussion of abuse”] Are we different? A martial artist I respect would occasionally speak to our school’s newer members1 and say, “we’re different.” He’d describe with sincerity how the sacrifices we make to come to train when our (college-age) peers...

Venus de Budo

This piece appeared in Black Belt Magazine’s October 1975 issue leading the article, “Women in the martial arts: Venus’s Big Year in Budo”. I kind of love this odd, clever, beautiful painting but can’t find the artist credited anywhere in...

I like my blog wave like I like my coffee

Welcome to the blog wave where I gather to myself some writing for, by, and about women in martial arts. [blogwave bwimg=inspiring-sports-women bwtitle=”Inspiring Sports Women” bwurl=http://niamhgriffin.blogspot.com/2015/08/money-money-money.html bwname=”Money, Money, Money” bwnote=”Observations about Forbes’ list of top earning women sports stars”] [blogwave bwimg=a-martial-artist bwtitle=”A Martial Artist” bwurl=http://www.amartialartist.com/lefty-martial-artists/ bwname=”Lefty Martial Artist” bwnote=”Shout...

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,...

Fude Yamashita: Judoka in Washington D.C. (1903)

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the United States was getting very keen on Japanese culture, especially Japanese martial arts  such as Jiu Jitsu and Judo, which Jigoro Kano developed out of Jiu Jitsu in the late 1800s. Western popular...