Tagged: vintage

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...

Quaint! Old Timey Self-Defense Videos

I’m not saying there aren’t some problematic implications of quaint-ifying violence against women, cutesy-upping women’s physical resistance, or infantalizing women and their struggle for freedom from harassment and violence. There are! But there’s also something important about the massive increase...

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...

Women’s Sumo History

I’m probably not alone in that whenever I imagined sumo wrestling, I never imagined women. I ignorantly believed that because the dominant culture of professional sumo explicitly excludes women, that it had always been that way! I’m so glad I...

Look To The Women

It’s very strange to me that in our so-called advanced modern times, women are so unwelcome in judo.  The sport isn’t violent, it’s not brutal. (And even if it was, so what? Women can do and will do and currently...

Martial Arts Nuns From The 1970s?

[content note: mention of child abuse and rape] The sisters of The Holy Family serve what is perhaps the most crime-ridden part of Philadelphia. Their orphanage is in constant danger of vandalism and burglary. In recent months several of the children...

[Vid] Rough House Rosie (1927)

Clara Bow was the original It girl. It, meaning SEX IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW.  As the 20th century began martial arts and fighting began getting super popular among Western women and training in jiu jitsu, judo, and boxing became closely...