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.

jessnevins

jessnevins:

More from Gangs of New York:

A score of smaller gangs in Hell’s Kitchen were proud to woe allegiance to the Gophers and fight under the leadership of One Lung Curran and other captains, who had made the name of their gang a synonym for ferocity and Hell’s Kitchen one of the most dangerous areas on the American continent. Chief among these lesser bands were the Gorillas, the Rhodes Gang, and the Parlor Mob. The Gophers also had the support of the Battle Row Ladies’ Social and Athletic Club, better known as the Lady Gophers, which was composed entirely of women whose mettle as fighters had been tested in frequent combats with the police. This organization was led by Battle Annie, the sweetheart of practically the entire gopher gang, and one of the most popular figures in the history of Hell’s Kitchen. Like her illustrious predecessors, Gallus Mag, Sadie the Goat, and Hell Cat Maggie, she was partial to mayhem, and is said to have held classes in the art, giving her followers the benefit of her experience and researches. Over a period of more than a half dozen years Battle Annie was the Queen of Hell’s Kitchen, and acquired widespread renown as the most formidable female of her time. When the practice of hiring gangsters was begun by the labor unions and employers, Battle Annie earned a handsome income by supplying female warriors to both sides in industrial disputes. For many years there was scarcely a strike in which women were engaged that did not find Battle Annie and her gangsters enthusiastically biting and scratching both pickets and strike-breakers

1) Pro and anti Union violence perpetrated by gangs like The Gorillas and the Gophers led by the likes of Battle Annie and One Lung Curran. The future’s strife seems so boring compared to that of the past.

2) “Held classes” … so, in other words, this was not only early martial arts education in New York City but might even be considered education in a martial art indigenous to Hell’s Kitchen.

3) Jess Nevins is one of my favorite scholars/historians out there and certainly my favorite on Tumblr/Twitter. He’s one of the few doing serious research into pulps and superheroes (real and imagined and not just American ones) and the only one I know to have used Twitter as a platform for flash-lectures. Plus he’s got an eye for this sort of stuff.

curate
Women, learn Wing Tsun to defend yourself! It was developed (originally) with ladies in mind. My school even offers a women only class for students (every Saturday).
If you’d like to check out what there might be to offer, the next Free Women’s Self Defense class, open to anyone, is on May 22nd at our Brooklyn location. Call the school to reserve a spot. (image via curate: fuckyeahtheorists: beetx: notyrcisterpress: solidarity with crazy bitches errywhere!)

Women, learn Wing Tsun to defend yourself! It was developed (originally) with ladies in mind. My school even offers a women only class for students (every Saturday).

If you’d like to check out what there might be to offer, the next Free Women’s Self Defense class, open to anyone, is on May 22nd at our Brooklyn location. Call the school to reserve a spot. (image via curatefuckyeahtheoristsbeetxnotyrcisterpress: solidarity with crazy bitches errywhere!)

oversets
There are girls, however, who seem to be naturally incorrigible and who desert their homes not because of outside persuasion, but simply for the reason that they chafe under the bonds of respectability and long for adventure and excitement and personal freedom.

Detective Abraham Anthony: “The Most Successful Woman Hunter of Our Western World”

Hot damn.

(via unburyingthelead)

Actually, I think my favorite pull-quote is: “‘Women and girls are puzzling,’ concluded Detective Anthony – but he is neither the first nor the last man to so decide.”