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Self Defense for Women

Historically, it was frowned on for women to practice martial arts in many cultures. However, women warriors have consistently broken down the barriers to prove their mettle to their male counterparts. Examples include Hua Mu-lan, the Yang Women Warriors, Shaolin nun Wu Mei and Okinawan bodyguard Tsuru Yonamine. Other women have developed martial arts styles like wing chun founder Yim Wing-chun and pentjak silat creator Rama Sukana.

Because of the many crimes that are committed against women—domestic violence, rape, sexual harassment and physical abuse—many martial arts schools provide self-defense classes specifically for women. Key components generally include teaching students the proper mindset of being in a stressful confrontation, successful physical tactics like striking vital points and the importance of being aware of your surroundings.

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  1. The Art of Teaching Women’s Self-Defense: Less Is Best

    The Art of Teaching Women’s Self-Defense: Less Is Best

    Instructors take on a tremendous responsibility when teaching self-defense for women. The Black Belt Hall of Fame’s 2012 Woman of the Year presents guidelines for instructors to help improve their students’ learning experience.
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  2. Improvised Self-Defense Weapons: How to Turn Everyday Objects to Your Advantage

    Improvised Self-Defense Weapons: How to Turn Everyday Objects to Your Advantage

    Betty Jo is home alone, wearing her favorite flannel nightgown. She shuffles into her U-shaped kitchen and fixes herself a cup of Sweet Dreams tea. Suddenly, the kitchen door is kicked in and the prospect of sweet dreams turns into her worst nightmare. “Shut up! Shut the f*** up!” the
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  3. Gracie Immersion Camp Offers Martial Artists Crash Course in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!

    Gracie Immersion Camp Offers Martial Artists Crash Course in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!

    Martial artists looking to take a crash course in Brazilian jiu-jitsu need not look any further. The world’s most famous grappling family will host the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Immersion Camp 2012 from May 17 to May 20, 2011, in Destin, Florida.

    Each day starts with mat time during which the instructors will
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  4. Combat Hapkido’s John Pellegrini on Women’s Self-Defense, MMA and Military Training

    Combat Hapkido’s John Pellegrini on Women’s Self-Defense, MMA and Military Training

    To help us learn more about traditional training in a modern world, our friend GK Zachary from AdultMartialArtist.com sat down with combat-hapkido founder John Pellegrini.

    Pellegrini’s been inducted in more than 20 martial arts halls of fame and has been on the cover of 17 self-defense magazines, including our own. Why?
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  5. Women’s Self-Defense Techniques That Actually Work

    Women’s Self-Defense Techniques That Actually Work

    I’m probably going to stir up some controversy here, but it needs to be said: Most women’s self-defense techniques learn are overrated. Unless your initial strike entails sticking your finger knuckle-deep in some guy’s eye or hitting him in the windpipe or groin, not much will have a significant effect
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