gutsanduppercuts

Anonymous asked:

Are there any Kung fu (or martial arts films in general) with women in the lead role doing their own stunts that you can recommend? Thanks! I love your blog.

gutsanduppercuts answered:

A lot of old school female kung fu stars did most of their action scenes, but I can’t say that they weren’t doubled during some of the more difficult stunt scenes, just like the men were.
Look towards Angela Mao as someone who really shined during her action scenes. I definitely recommend both “Hapkido” and “Broken Oath.” They’re both fantastic. You won’t see any major acrobatic scenes or death defying leaps but if you want to see a woman kick the fuck out of a bunch of blokes then you’re in for a treat.
Michelle Yeoh always chose to do her own stunts. I’m not sure if she did in “Magnificent Warriors” but it’s worth checking out. She did do all her own stunts in “Police Story 3” though…including a motorcycle jump onto a moving train.

Moon Lee and Yukari Oshima…and Kara Hui, actually…are amazing martial arts talents, but many of their big stunts are done by obvious doubles so I can’t really recommend many of theirs. Although, if you just want to see real woman pulling off amazing fight scenes, do seek out their films.

Jeeja Yanin is another one. She did all her own stunts in “Chocolate” and, if you watch the end credits, you’ll see just how badly she fucked herself up.

she-kicks-she-throws

she-kicks-she-throws:

I want access to these so bad.  They were published between 1975 and 1976.  Check out these article titles:

  • On Irresponsible Self-Defense Manuals
  • Brown Belt Blues
  • Training and Pregnancy
  • How to Choose a Karate School
  • Make Your Own Kicking and Striking Target from a Telephone Book.*

*Kids, a telephone book used to be a massive tome found in the drawer under home telephones. It had all the phone numbers in it. 

DOES ANYONE HAVE A COPY OF ANY OF THESE?

olive oyl saying “spinach is a crutch” is amazing

she-kicks-she-throws

she-kicks-she-throws:

I don’t know who this Emelianenko clown is, but he has a garbage mouth.

I respect the girls who defend the country’s honor at the Olympics, in wrestling, boxing. But I do not support female MMA. A woman must take care of the house, raise her children and be feminine. There a lot of different sports which help her in that, but MMA is not one of them.

A bit stinky garbage mouth. Full of garbage. Because garbage.

Fedor WAS a legend. But he hasn’t been truly relevant since…. what… 2006? (maybe later if you follow him strictly for combat Sambo, but even then…). He’s ultra Russian Orthodox iirc, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a stripe of that crappy Russian Conservatism showing here in him. anyway, yawn on Fedor.

kristaferanka
kristaferanka:

Ladies of X 2
Monet
Dani Moonstar
Dust
Jean Grey
Polaris
Scarlet Witch
Kitty Pryde
Rachel Summers
Jubilee
Storm
Rogue
Psylocke
Magik
Emma Frost
Dazzler
Domino
Armor
Surge
X-23
- print coming soon -

maybe the first time I saw Kris Anka’s work was the first one of these he did? So good.
Is Monet really that tall? And Polaris looks pretty buff (awesome). Rogue’s style. Magik pretending she doesn’t want to be there. X-23 obviously actually not wanting to be there. Dazzler is a total pop star. Scarlet Witch actually looks like a witch (as in: she’s got power and no cower). Of course Domino’s the only one holding a gun. And then there’s Storm and Jubilee, exemplifying the difference between a Queen and a Total Boss (respectively). And I’ll never get over how much I like Jubilation Lee’s design here.

kristaferanka:

Ladies of X 2

Monet

Dani Moonstar

Dust

Jean Grey

Polaris

Scarlet Witch

Kitty Pryde

Rachel Summers

Jubilee

Storm

Rogue

Psylocke

Magik

Emma Frost

Dazzler

Domino

Armor

Surge

X-23

- print coming soon -

maybe the first time I saw Kris Anka’s work was the first one of these he did? So good.

Is Monet really that tall? And Polaris looks pretty buff (awesome). Rogue’s style. Magik pretending she doesn’t want to be there. X-23 obviously actually not wanting to be there. Dazzler is a total pop star. Scarlet Witch actually looks like a witch (as in: she’s got power and no cower). Of course Domino’s the only one holding a gun. And then there’s Storm and Jubilee, exemplifying the difference between a Queen and a Total Boss (respectively). And I’ll never get over how much I like Jubilation Lee’s design here.

she-kicks-she-throws

Two years ago, I was in a self-defense competition. I’m a black belt, and this was a black belt contest, held in front of students and other instructors. Self defense competitions require that we demonstrate defenses against scenarios such as multiple attackers, broken bottles, knives, and so on. It’s fun to see how other styles and arts deal with attacks, and when instructors are competing, there can be quite a bit of showmanship and teaching mixed in with the actual competition. That day, all other competitors were men, and they performed some wonderful techniques with finishing moves that ended in strangulation, broken bones, or a playful kick in the pants.

When it came to my turn, however, I thought of where and how a woman would be attacked. in a multiple attack scenario, I disabled my attackers - quick and hard, to ensure they would stay down - then stopped. But instead of a finishing flourish, I stepped back and reached for my cell phone.

I reminded the audience that when two men attack a woman, their objective is usually different from when they attack a man. I do not want a female student to risk additional harm by prolonging a street fight any longer than necessary. She should free herself, find a safe, public place, then call the police. Forget machismo - for a woman attacked, it is victory enough not to be killed.

The first requirement of living well is living.

From Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, from the chapter by Ryka Aoki.

In her words:

I had been head judo instructor at UCLA and the coach of the Cornell judo team.  But after I transitioned, I had nowhere to practice.  My old dojo would not have me, and I was no longer in school.  Over two decades of judo knowledge basically rotted inside of me for seven years.  Because a group of queer martial artists had decided to form their own school, I finally was able to practice my art.  Thanks to these gender outlaws and their positive, creative action, I finally had a place to be queer, to be a woman, to be trans, but most of all, feel a mat under my feet and my belt around my waist.  It felt like I was flying.

Aoki goes onto connect her experience as a martial artist with her place in activism.  Her nonviolent responses to what feels like required subversion and aggressive protests.  She describes how martial arts affects her perception of living well and helping others to do the same.

(via she-kicks-she-throws)

millsinabout

millsinabout:

read the shooter’s manifesto; it’s really an autobiography with some deranged statements towards the end about forming a new kind of government under “divine” leadership —his— in which women will be mostly starved to death and then used to breed in labs.

i don’t think there’s anything amiss about…

Couple things here I just couldn’t let slide….

- There is something amiss about calling Rodger “crazy”. You have to understand the people wielding the word and the context more than just trying to deal with the word in itself. “Crazy” is not meant, by ANYONE using it (particularly mass media), in the manner that you kinda describe here. It is purely meant as an excuse to ignore context and culture and any deeper analysis that may be offensive or challenging to a dominant culture. It has been pointed out already that those who are “mentally ill” are, far more often, the victim of abuse rather than a perpetrator of it. The most egregious example of how disgusting the media can be when using this “crazy” assertion is to jump to the conclusion that Rodger was autistic or had aspergers, as if they know this for certain and as if these are legit indicators of a violent personality. This highlights how much of their assertions of his mental state and/or health has nothing to do with professional and studied evaluation and everything to do with jumping to a conclusion that fits into the stories and mythologies about these conditions provided by a cruel, disregarding, and anti-introspective culture. This in turn allows them to ignore the larger cultural aspects that are a dangerous poison to us all. Perhaps Rodger had a serious psychological condition. Perhaps. But nobody throwing around the word “crazy” as some sort of assertion has done the investigative work to levy that sort of evaluation, nor do they care to.

- The language in his manifesto actually is what you find in MRA and PUA circles and “women-hating” regular guys DO NOT find it disturbing. I wouldn’t recommend checking out the YouTube comments on the murderer’s YouTube video, but if you did you would find plenty of men not only finding what he says reasonable, but outright calling him a “hero”. Similarly, you may have heard about the reaction on Twitter, #YesAllWomen, where many women have described the more-than-sometimes extreme and daily violence they have endured from men. Many “women-hating” (why do we have this in quotes?) regular guys have responded to these Tweets in the all-to-typical violent manner. It’s almost a relief when you see a guy being dismissive about these women, rather than making threats (almost. But fuck those guys too.). Furthermore, the “manifesto” rhetoric of Rodger is actually what you WILL find on the messageboards of those who have felt let-down by the guarantees of PUA ideal pushers and general misogynistic standards. This is not an isolated case, neither in rhetoric nor in action.

- Coming back to #YesAllWomen, if you browse the tag you will see that the violence carried out by Rodger is in no way “extreme” relative to what the larger culture allows without regular comment and, in fact, encourages. So again we have to be extra critical about how we wield the word “crazy” here. Perhaps from a young age he had fragile psychological aspects, but the violence he carried out is tragically not out of the ordinary. Rape follows the same ideas of misogynistic fantasy of Power and desire for Power as the violence of these murders. And we all know (or should know) how disgustingly common rape is (to say nothing of misogynistic daily micro and blatant aggressions). His images of violence are very mainstream, and while to keep face many in your fraternity example may balk in public to such ideas, it seems that behind closed doors (or in front of those they trust to share similar opinions) they will harbor (and all-too-often carry out) similar violent fantasies. Forget the frat boys, even the generally nice and normal guys are just like this. As one woman in the hashtag conversation pointed out, she was taught to avoid the hyper-masculine men you would think might be so steeped in the cult of masculinity as to be dangerous, but it was exactly the safe-seeming type of men who wound up abusing her. Similarly intelligence has nothing to do with it, structure and super-structure does.

- Basically: there is an element of sociopathy to this case. But be careful about how you wield this word (and even moreso of “crazy”) and be much more observant of the larger culture. If you do not recognize just how sociopathic in this regard SO MANY men are, then you likely need to do much more listening than speculating.

giantkillermma
amerikant-dream:

bunfoot:

owls-parliament:

oh my god 

her name is rin nakai and look at her fight history

Fucking wicked

most people talk about women’s mixed martial arts like it doesn’t exist. Similarly to how MMA and fighting was “underground” or hardly existed before UFC got big when really it was flourishing in Japan under M-1, PRIDE, DREAM, etc. So yeah, women’s mma exists and is amazing and there are people like Rin Nakai here doing some impressive work.

amerikant-dream:

bunfoot:

owls-parliament:

oh my god 

her name is rin nakai and look at her fight history

Fucking wicked

most people talk about women’s mixed martial arts like it doesn’t exist. Similarly to how MMA and fighting was “underground” or hardly existed before UFC got big when really it was flourishing in Japan under M-1, PRIDE, DREAM, etc. So yeah, women’s mma exists and is amazing and there are people like Rin Nakai here doing some impressive work.