gutsanduppercuts

muslimgamer asked:

Is there history of women who practice martial arts? And I don't mean modern times, I mean way back then. Chinese, Japanese, SE Asia are the ones I'm the most interested to know.

gutsanduppercuts answered:

Yes, absolutely. Granted, some may be harder to find than others but women have, to some extent, practiced martial arts as long as men.
Look at Wing Chun. It’s named after Yim Wing Chun, a woman considered the first true disciple of that style. In fact, Wing Chun is traditionally known as a martial art for women.
If Yim Wing Chun female martial artist worthy of note the Ng Mui must be too, considering she invented Wing Chun.
Lily Lau is a true grandmaster (if you believe grandmasters exist). She’s an 8th generation Eagle Claw master and one hell of a martial artist. She got a lifetime achievement award only last year.
Yang Meijun is considered a grandmaster of Wild Goose Qigong and practiced daily up until her death in 2002…at the age of 106.
I know Qigong is questioned quite severely in many circles but there’s no denying her lineage and dedication to the art.

Then there’s Donnie Yen’s mother, Bow Sim Mark.

The problem with historical female figures in martial arts is that women were basically forbidden to practice martial arts. Therefore, none of their accomplishments were recorded. It’s sad but true.
I believe there’s a noted female Aikido master as well but I don’t know her name off the top of my head.
Wu Rong is a historical figure in Baji Quan too. She infamously imported aspects of other styles into her family’s style and created a more fierce and vicious set of techniques.

So yeah, they’re out there. They’re not always easy to find and, sadly, I think this still influences things today. More women need to know that there were ferocious, powerful lady martial artists scattered throughout history.

erikonymous
erikonymous:

thats-the-way-it-was:

April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
Photo:  Police stand with civil rights leaders Ralph Abernathy (2L), Andrew Young (3L), and Jesse Jackson (4L), and others on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel over body of slain American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Joseph Louw/Time Life Pictures)

Dr. King was assassinated by a conspiracy of federal agents and the Memphis Police Department, not James Earl Ray.

what Erik said.

erikonymous:

thats-the-way-it-was:

April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

Photo:  Police stand with civil rights leaders Ralph Abernathy (2L), Andrew Young (3L), and Jesse Jackson (4L), and others on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel over body of slain American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Joseph Louw/Time Life Pictures)

Dr. King was assassinated by a conspiracy of federal agents and the Memphis Police Department, not James Earl Ray.

what Erik said.

steelandcotton
steelandcotton:

A Social and Visual History of the 
Hudiedao (Butterfly Sword) 
in the Southern Chinese Martial Arts.
http://chinesemartialstudies.com/2013/01/28/a-social-and-visual-history-of-the-hudiedao-butterfly-sword-in-the-southern-chinese-martial-arts/

going to have to give this an in depth reading later to see how the history holds up… but cool. (it’s been my understanding, for example, that the Bat/Bart Cham Dao is not the same as a Butterfly Sword, tho maybe this article touches on how they are different but related?)

steelandcotton:

A Social and Visual History of the

Hudiedao (Butterfly Sword)

in the Southern Chinese Martial Arts.

http://chinesemartialstudies.com/2013/01/28/a-social-and-visual-history-of-the-hudiedao-butterfly-sword-in-the-southern-chinese-martial-arts/

going to have to give this an in depth reading later to see how the history holds up… but cool. (it’s been my understanding, for example, that the Bat/Bart Cham Dao is not the same as a Butterfly Sword, tho maybe this article touches on how they are different but related?)

feminazgul

i guess the real question is how can you not like tesla

he thought women would eventually rule the world because we’re the dominant sex

he liked pigeons

he was a vegetarian 

he was a babe

he was shy

he hated edison 

he’s perfect 

image

Yup, as long as you’re ok with that time he went bonkers and tried to build a death ray.

Are you serious the death ray was the best part

bit of a eugenicist and anti-Semite so I guess there’s that

(like that time in a letter to another high-society snob like himself he referred to “grocerymen” [read: “the poor”] and “Jews” as “plebeians” and “social-trilobites”)

like, I get that Edison was a total schmuck but yinz so desperate for a Science Hero that you’re going to gloss History in the other direction as if it’s any better… 

And besides, Edison was such an asshole that the film industry had to move to the other side of the country and thank christ Hollywood is not in New York so thanks for that fallout at least.

indielowercase

What the devil kind of knight are you, that can’t slay a hedgehog with his naked ass?

hellotailor:

If you read any 17th century diplomatic missive today, make sure it’s the Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire. Basically, the Sultan was like, “I command you to surrender to my army,” and then the Cossacks were all: 

O sultan, Turkish devil and damned devil’s kith and kin, secretary to Lucifer himself. What the devil kind of knight are you, that can’t slay a hedgehog with his naked ass? The devil excretes, and your army eats. You will not, you son of a bitch, make subjects of Christian sons; we’ve no fear of your army, by land and by sea we will battle with thee, fuck your mother.

You Babylonian scullion, Macedonian wheelwright, brewer of Jerusalem, goat-fucker of Alexandria, swineherd of Greater and Lesser Egypt, Armenian pig, Podolian thief, catamite of Tartary, hangman of Kamyanets, and fool of all the world and underworld, an idiot before God, grandson of the Serpent, and the crick in our dick. Pig’s snout, mare’s ass, slaughterhouse cur, unchristened brow, screw your own mother!

So the Zaporozhians declare, you lowlife. You won’t even be herding Christian pigs. Now we’ll conclude, for we don’t know the date and don’t own a calendar; the moon’s in the sky, the year with the Lord, the day’s the same over here as it is over there; for this kiss our ass!

What a marvelous display of aggressive douchery. It’s actually even better if you read the Sultan’s letter first, because the entire set-up of this letter is to parody the Sultan’s diplomatic language in the original. Wikipedia has some more basic info on the 19th century recovery of the letter BTW, plus the painting that was inspired by the exchange.

Thanks, History.

might steal “The devil excretes and your army eats.”

humansofnewyork
humansofnewyork:

"I want to be a history writer. The challenge with writing about history is finding the right mix of artistry and facts. If you only write facts, it’s way too dull. History can be very poetic.""What do you think is the most poetic thing about history?""One theme is the struggle of man against nature. There’s the belief that the further man gets from nature, the more civilized he becomes. Cities are the culmination of this idea, with all the art and intellectual traditions that have come out of cities.""Do you believe that man becomes more civilized the further he gets from nature?""No. Because no matter what you build around you, you can’t escape your ape nature. Look at Nazi Germany. All their amazing technology and buildings were put in service of their most uncivilized instincts."

just what we needed, another shitty Historian…

humansofnewyork:

"I want to be a history writer. The challenge with writing about history is finding the right mix of artistry and facts. If you only write facts, it’s way too dull. History can be very poetic."
"What do you think is the most poetic thing about history?"
"One theme is the struggle of man against nature. There’s the belief that the further man gets from nature, the more civilized he becomes. Cities are the culmination of this idea, with all the art and intellectual traditions that have come out of cities."
"Do you believe that man becomes more civilized the further he gets from nature?"
"No. Because no matter what you build around you, you can’t escape your ape nature. Look at Nazi Germany. All their amazing technology and buildings were put in service of their most uncivilized instincts."

just what we needed, another shitty Historian…