- Women's training Book
- by Carol A. Wiley
- 23 women in Martial Arts
- following experience gathered
- Great read
Women in the Martial Arts Description
Many women learn of martial arts through a male companion's interest in kung-fu movies or a six-week self-defense course. Some venture beyond. This book contains the stories, in essay and poetry form, of a group of women who have trained for at least seven years in this demanding activity. Many speak of martial arts as an equalizer of power, with skill being more important than raw strength. Other benefits include endurance, confidence, and determination. There are a variety of viewpoints among this select group, which ranges from a physically disabled student to a Native American practitioner. This collection fills an important niche in a male-dominated sport.
'On the Back' of Women in the Martial Arts
Are women's experiences different from men's when they training in martial arts? Here, twenty-three women offer their insights about practice on and off the mat.
"My practice has become my reflection, a mirror for me to see my life." Valerie Lee, Kung Fu and T'ai Chi Ch'uan
"Martial Arts training helped me become more than just a survivor of a negligent and harsh upbringing. I became someone who coudl create choice in her life." Kathy Hopwood, Karate and Kung Fu
"If you don't feel good about yourself, if you're not confident within yourself...then no amount of technique is going to help, because you aren't going to react properly when push comes to shove." Lidia Wolanskyj, Aikido
"Yes, martial arts out of a wheelchair are possible. Therefore, this story is about me...and about the approximately 250 other disabled people to whom I have taught self-defense over the past five and one half years." Lydia Zijdekl, Shuri-ryu Karate and Aikido
"in Aikido women can see teh power of the Yin/Yang dance. ...To dance on that border between the two opposites and to accept both sides as valid is to accept ourselves for what we really are...empowered." Elizabeth Hendricks, Aikido
Carol A. Wiley has been an engineer, an MBA student, and a technical writer. Since 1979 she has trainiend in the martial arts; currently she studies Aikido in Bellevue, Washington.
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