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Monday, January 7, 2013

Women in Martial Arts

Since this year's Fall Festival, I've been part of a round table discussion with other women in To-Shin Do, including An-Shu Rumiko. It's been quite an honor to participate in this roundtable. Our first question was "Why don't more women and girls study martial arts?" This is a question that I constantly struggle with, and my own mom didn't want me to participate in martial arts. I was humbled by the number of intelligent women who also struggle with helping more women get interested. This path has been an amazing journey for me and I want to help as many as possible find and carry their own lights. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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Perspective said...
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Perspective said...

That was a great dialogue. I think some of it has to do with the culture of the art and the particular school. In the schools and styles where competition is valued over collaboration, leadership is disrespectful to women, whether or not they're present, and there are no female instructors, there tends to be fewer (or no) female students. I've been in a couple of these schools. I noticed on my first visit to the BQC, the relatively even number of women to men, and made certain, mostly accurate, guesses about the culture. When a culture is designed with the intention of fostering mutual respect, collaboration and safety, everyone feels welcome.

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