This is a blog about the experiences of women who train in a martial art. I want to cover the difficulties we face as women in a still largely male dominated area. This is changing and is certainly not the case in the children’s classes, where the split is fairly equal. How societal expectations, such as childcare and beauty impact our training and what we can do to change it. So it would be interesting to explore why women leave and why they stay. My ultimate aim is to encourage more women to take up this art.
I will be writing from the point of view of wado ryu karate. I am keen that this is a well rounded blog and I wish to hear from other writers (male too) who might like to contribute on a regular basis. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve chosen the name Tigerlily to represent yin and yang elements.
The lily flower is often associated with death and funerals, but it’s actual meaning is innocence and purity. In the case of death a return to that state. I am using it to represent the yin qualities of martial art, which are often stated as feminine and soft. Which although I’m not keen on the connations it is appropriate for a blog about women. It also embodies how the karate I study is working toward the simplicity of natural movement.
Adding tiger to the beginning, is to represent the yang, masculine qualities. Tigers also embody power, speed, tactics and a certain focus that is common to martial art training. Tigers will only fight each other if absolutely necessary and prefer to make a show of dominance, so this is similar to the martial art philosophy of learning how not to fight. A common misperception that martial arts is learning how to fight. It is actually learning how to finish a fight as quickly and safely as possible.