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.
– January 28, 2015