The short answer to this question is: No. In fact, ancient societies understood the female body to be structured in a way that made them better at kung-fu than men. That is why many of those cultures only allowed girls to learn from women – who were not taught the entire martial art system. Men would keep the secrets of the martial arts system.
An ugly truth, but one that highlights the possibilities for women in martial arts. Women don’t have to settle for being labeled weaker or, somehow, incapable of the martial art systems men have traditionally enjoyed. Women can be empowered, strong and able to defend themselves from anything seeking to do them harm. (The very essence of true self-defense.)
So, why aren’t more women learning martial arts?
Boys and men are exposed to more peer-pressure, than girls and women, to “hit the gym”, play a sport, and “be able to fight”. These boys and men are hit from every angle: teachers, parents, the media, … you name it. And, while they are, girls are told the opposite, in most cases.
While successes in sports (e.g., the U.S. women’s soccer team) are starting to change that, the majority of those being pressured into martial arts training are boys and men, creating the false-image that girls and women are less-equipped or should not participate in such activities.
On that later point, I think it’s important to discuss the truth: Besides women being better structured for the martial arts, they are facing a real threat to their lives and well-being, every day. Consider the following:
- 1 in 3 women have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime;
- 1 in 4 women have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime;
- 1 in 7 women have been stalked during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed;
- On a typical day, there are over 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines; and,
- 1 in 5 women have been raped in their lifetimes, and 46.7% of those women were raped by an acquaintance.
Women deserve to learn true martial arts; they deserve to be empowered; and, the family they enjoy deserves the peace that comes from a strong woman.
Empower yourself to life!™
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