“Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture.”
- Sunday Thoughts: “Women in Aikido” by Andrea Siegel, Lorraine DiAnne Sensei March 19, 2018
I’ve just started reading Women in Aikido, by Andrea Siegel, a book with several interviews of women with black belts in Aikido. The book was published in 1993, so it’s a little bit dated, but so far I like it for not being a complete sales pitch for Aikido, and because the women talk about ...
- “Dojo” an excerpt from the memoir of “Years Ago,” by Jennifer Rose. February 24, 2018
Abstract: Presents an excerpt from the memoir of “Years Ago,” by Jennifer Rose.
Ploughshares. Fall 2011, Vol. 37 Issue 2/3, p116-124. 9p.
Source: Dojo: EBSCOhost
- Samurai of Gentle Power: An Exploration of Aikido in the Lives of Women Aikidoka February 23, 2018
by Katie Node & Kandy James
January 14, 2013
From the Abstract:
“This exploratory study examined the many realities of women’s experiences in the male dominated domain of martial arts. It focussed on twelve aikidoka, women who participate in the modern Japanese martial art of aikido. The study was situated within a postmodern feminist framework.”
- Attracting and Keeping Women Members in the Dojo February 22, 2018
This is a re-posting of an article excerpt found on AikiWeb forums. (Original Post: http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12111)
From Aikido Today Magazine #45, April/May 1996 — Positive Outreach for Women in Aikido, by Penny Sablove-sensei (of Heart of San Francisco Aikido) and Linda Holiday-sensei (of Aikido of Santa Cruz)
1. I always make sure there are women teaching (and not just me).
Aikido Women in the News
- Self-defence workshop for women planned in wake of anti-Muslim backlash February 23, 2018
“In the wake of recent hate crimes in Canada against Muslims, including a Toronto mother being beaten by strangers while picking her child up from school on Nov. 16, Awan said she has heard from peers who “became fearful of leaving their homes” and wanted to learn how to defend themselves.
The Calgary mother responded by organizing a two-hour women’s self-defence workshop on Dec. 6 at Calgary’s KJR Academy in Ranchlands.”
Calgary Herald, November 24, 2015
- Fighting and Gender by Nancy Jane Moore December 20, 2017
Nancy Jane Moore is a science fiction author and 4th degree Aikido black belt. In this article, she discusses different body types as well as cultural influences on fighting style and ability.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, December 20, 2017
- Do Women Have to Train Men How to Behave? December 20, 2017
“At the end of the day I got in line to share my 2.5-minute idea with a producer of a national TV show. I had just finished telling him about my True Shield: Verbal Self-Defense For Girls course and that I was a black belt in the Japanese Martial Art of Aikido when he exclaimed, ‘Ooooh, that makes you even sexier than you already are! I LOVE powerful women.’ ”
Huffington Post, December 20, 2017
- Empowering women with martial arts September 11, 2017
In September, 2017, Raincoast Martial Arts in Port Hardy, Canada, offered free introductory classes to women.
North Island Gazette, September 11, 2017