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Training Women In The Martial Arts by Jennifer Lawler
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Jul 10, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: martialarts, feminist

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 self defense, but this is never acknowledged.

The book should have been titled "Women's Self Defense: A Special Journey", but as it stands, Lawler & Kamienski's supposed attempt to discuss women in martial arts fails.

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