Tagged: women in martial arts

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...

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...

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...

On Sexualized Images of Women in Martial Arts

This is just a quick one: some time ago the admin at the Women in Martial Arts Google+ Community and Women in Martial Arts Facebook Group was seeking perspectives on the uptick in images around the web depicting sexualized women in martial...

femininity

When I started karate I had long hair. This led to me braiding it out of the way before class and this turned out to be very meditative for me. As I braided my hair I put away the day...

A Deluge of Must-Reads – The Blog Wave

Friday has come and gone, but find below some quality writing from the martial arts internets! Have a link to share? Pop it in the comments. 18 January 2015 A Girl Who Does Jiu-Jitsu 3 Struggles Every Female Jiu-Jitsu Knows To...