a far cry from the hunt, and long skirts for boxing training
I wanted to show you that so that you women with swords would be able to see what it was like for women in martial arts a generation or so back. Belle Gordon was a woman ahead of her time. I don't think she actually got to punch any real people - not like the men. She was a "bag punching" champion of women's boxing. Fox hunting was open to women as long as they wore long skirts. Lady Theodora would have been thought overly progressive if she had been riding astride, rather than side saddle. Women's archery was another sport for women in martial arts. Honestly though, I don't know how they could draw breath, let alone draw bows, in those corsets.
We train with the men but some of our needs are different. That's why we have a section for ourselves. Women often have to take long breaks from their training to have babies and then look after them. Women are much weaker than usual for about ten days every month. During these times of changing hormones, they are also more prone to injury - eight times more likely than men to tear the meniscus in the knee, for example. It's just too bad if the once in a year, or once in a lifetime tournament comes up at the wrong time of the month.
As this section of the Chinese Swords Guide grows, expect to find special training notes for women. There will be some great pictures ... no, not the kind some men like to gawk at. If I put pretty young women with swords here, it's because the female swordie just happens to be young or pretty, not because she is. I'd like to break down some of the stereotypes. Women often feel they are regarded as sex symbols, or of lesser ability. In Chinese swordsmanship, strength doesn't necessarily count. Good body mechanics, agility and strategy are important. This means men and women can train on equal terms. I want to encourage that. There are differences in our training needs but we all have a love of Chinese swordsmanship.
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Modern Wushu has become a sport as graceful as any dance. Men and women both do it and there is no denying it's as entertaining to watch as acrobatic acts, gymnasts, or the ballet. I love watching it but I'm not really built for it. There is something in Chinese swordsmanship for all types of women. This video is a good example of Wushu with a jian. It is not real swordsmanship. The performer does not use a real weight sharp sword. These movements would not be useful in a real swordfight, but it's entertaining to watch and very skilful. This is rhythmic gymnastics with a sword.
Fu Hao of the Shang Dynasty was a military general of high standard as well as being a mother, a priestess, and Queen consort.
And here is Mulan, the famous Tang dynasty woman general
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This painting by Katiye Rhose-Singh is one of many in her Flickr photo collection. Women have been the subject of paintings throughout history.
The picture of a woman on a bear, holding a sword, was photographed on the back of a car in America. This one is in the realm of fantasy art.
In the porcelain statue it is the woman holding the sabre, not the man. Admittedly, this is the only such porcelain work I've seen.
I photographed this statue of a woman holding a sword by the blade in a Washington park, very close to the Whitehouse. She is reaching up to a man with the sword. Here are some more statuesque pieces of Russian sword art, shown to my by Plaenqua.
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