Tagged: judo

How to Watch Women’s Olympic Judo 2016

The Olympics are here and women’s judo begins Saturday, August 6! Here’s how you can watch (for U.S. viewers, at least). Throughout the Olympics I’ll be posting schedules for women’s Judo, Taekwondo, boxing and fencing, including live updates on Tumblr and Twitter for...

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,...

Women of the Kodokan

Founded in 1882 by Jigoro Kano, the Kodokan is the home of Judo. Despite Kano’s progressive views of women and his philosophy that judo is for everyone, the Kodokan had some sexist foundations. Kano taught women judo from the very...

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...

[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...

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...

Follow Up: Culture of Exclusion

I think last week’s post The Culture of Exclusion Is Deliberate could benefit from more detail. In that article, I claimed that gender discrimination in martial arts is pervasive and deliberately enforced,  and that in order to counteract it efforts for...