“Not until one leaves Japan does one encounter significant female presence in the ranks of those teaching the art. But even overseas, the leadership of virtually all Aikido organizations is almost entirely male. Woman may have significant responsibility, and in fact be indispensable to the various organizations, but their efforts are largely in support of the male leadership of these organizations. I believe that Aikido should be different.”
- 2018 Gender Balance in Aikido Survey June 10, 2018
This survey will be open until September 30, 2018. Results will be released on this website in the fall.
- 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.”
Aikido Women in the News
- International Aikido Federation Gender Balance Activities June 2, 2018
A list of events and activities from the IAF promoting gender balance:
- Trial by Fire: Tenzan Aikido’s Women’s Self-Defense Program June 2, 2018
On April 21st, Ikazuchi Dojo sent three students to Seattle to attend Bruce Bookman and Melissa Pittman Fischer’s seven-hour women’s self-defense intensive. Aikido Journalspeaks with the students who traveled to attend the seminar….
- 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