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Training Women In The Martial Arts: A Special Journey

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Suitable for male and female martial arts instructors, female martial arts students and supporters of women in the martial arts, this book is designed to help people involved in the martial arts to understand the challenges women face when training and help them to create and provide appropriate martial arts and self-defence instruction.
Published March 1st 2007 by Wish Publishing (first published 1998)
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So, I checked this book out of the library on a whim, because I occasionally teach karate, and some of the people I teach are women.

The central thesis of this book seems to be that self-defense courses for women should take into account that women are more likely to be attacked by some one they know, rather than a stranger. Thus, a self defense course should incorporate lessons on boundary setting and other social-psychological techniques, etc. And, if part of the purpose of martial arts is self
I think this is not a bad book for a male martial arts instructor to at least skim. While there are a lot of bits that I think will be obvious to any man who has had any contact with women ever (ie, women on average are smaller than men & have less muscle mass), there are some other things that might not have occurred to them necessarily. Like that women are more likely to be interested in martial arts for fitness or self-defense reasons than men are, that women tend to be more flexible & ...more
This is a fantastic book, but I do have to say it is NOT the book you probably think it is when you pick it up.

If book titles were completely straightforward, this one would be called "Feminism 101 & Self-Defense, With Applications to Martial Arts." This is the book I would give someone who wanted (or needed) to gain a basic understanding of modern feminism whose into the martial arts. Basically, it uses martial arts, particularly self-defense, as a vehicle for explaining the basic tenets of
Erik Johnson
Aside from the personal and very slanted viewpoint of the authors, I have gained an insight into what is needed in order to teach martial arts to women. I already follow most of these principles and ideas but feel that they take these things to the very extreme. I don't think a woman needs to hide their feminine side in order to feel self empowered and confidant. I disagree. The authors need to address those women who like to dress girly and have long hair as well as every other type. They seem ...more
I was hoping from the title that this book was about women in martial arts. It is not. It is entirely devoted to women's self-defense, and how women should do martial arts for the empowerment that will come with being able to defend themselves from the rapists and abusers that lurk around every corner, especially in their homes.

Martial arts does not equal self defense, but this is overlooked by both authors. The pursuit of martial arts is something much different than trying to gain expertise in
Sensei NWSMA
I think this book does make some good points about how women experience martial arts vis-a-vis how they experience the world (smaller bodies, less upper body strength, statistical likelihood of attack & fear that comes along with that reality). That being said, I *do* think that there has been much better writing on the subject of women in martial arts. If that's the subject you're interested in, you can start with this article: which takes a more pra ...more
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