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Photos from 1935 Japan via Old Photos of Japan.

Japanese school girls practicing naginata (薙刀). Naginata is a pole weapon traditionally used by members of the samurai class. It consists of a wooden shaft with a curved blade on the end. In the modern martial art form of naginata, it is carved from one piece of Japanese white oak or it features a replaceable blade constructed from bamboo. Practitioners wear protective armor called bogu (防具). It is very similar to the armor worn by practitioners of kendo. In modern Japan, naginatajutsu is practiced especially by women.

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Self Defense!

The best of the best, people like Rickson Gracie and Pedro Sauer have gone on record on the importance of self defense. In the context of BJJ/Gracie Jiu Jitsu it refers to preparing for the worst case scenario.

Flying arm bars are great at a tournament, and a valid technique. Not so much if you’re on concrete in a parking garage, or if there’s multiple assailants. We refer to any situation standing up or on the ground where strikes are being thrown, or situations where non-sport related Jiu Jitsu is being used as self defense.

From our White Belt to Blue belt curriculum that spans 1.5-2 years the student learns 35 core self defense moves. This one is a variant of the headlock defense and is a great example. A person with solid BJJ is never going to out you in this type of standing hold, and try to throw punches at you. However, on the street it’s a different story, and whether you’re a teenager or starting Jiu Jitsu over 40 it’s priceless information.

Master Sauer has even said, if you’re not doing self defense in your classes you’re not doing real Gracie Jiu Jitsu. At RCW we are very fortunate to have his child hood friend And first generation black belt Anibal Lobo on site to dole out the goods. If you’re looking for a well rounded program, this is it. We will make sure start to finish that you have a foundation of skills you can actually use in the real world.

We’ll also show you that flying arm bar when you’re ready.

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Kunoichi weapons 

NEKO-TE

The Neko-te were usually used by the kunoichi (female ninja).

The weapon is strong iron fingernails that were fastened into leather bands fitted on the fingers, and resembled claws (not like that of of the shuko, ashiko) and were also dipped in poisons. The eyes were a favorite spot for slashing.

KAKUTE

The Kakute were rings that the kunoichi wore that were dipped in poison. The rings could be made out of metals, and tempered wood.

The ninja would quietly strangle enemies with the ring stuck in their neck. It was far less messy then using a sword, and left very little evidence on how the victim died.

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Fude Yamashita, young wife of famed judaka Professor Yoshiaki Yamashita, traveled in 1903 with her husband from Tokyo to the United States to teach judo to an unruly Washington D. C. youth. Apparently, they never met the young man and instead were redirected to Teddy Roosevelt’s White House.

Although Fude (25-years-old) was not initially contracted to teach judo, she came to have an impact on American women’s participation in the Japanese martial arts.At the prompting of certain competitive Washington socialites, it was not long before Mrs Yamashita was running daily lessons for some of the country’s richest and most famous women, who had  the material means and leisure time to follow what the papers now termed the ‘fashionable Japanese craze’. – Radical Bodies and Dangerous Ladies: Martial Arts and Women’s Performance, 1900–1918, Diana Looser, Theatre Research International 2010

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Throw back to when I was colored belts…

First pic- (Green/purple belt)

Second pic- (Purple white stripe) Chung Mu Hyung 360 spin

Third pic- (Red black stripe) Learning jump spinning back kick

Fourth pic- (Brown belt) Pyung Ahn Sam Dan- (Shotokan Karate Kata)

Fifth pic- (Red belt) Somewhere in the middle of a round kick or somethin’

What I learned about makeup and my face from martial arts.

FIRST THING’S FIRST (I’m the realist, [realist]. Drop this and let the whole word feel it, [let ‘em feel it]). I did not intend to start this post that way. It just took off without me. There was literally nothing I could do to stop it. 

But okay. First thing, your body is your body and therefore your business. And your business alone. So. Wear all the makeup. Wear none of the makeup. Doesn’t matter. Do you. You’re hella cute. 

But I’ve learned something about makeup (and hair) from martial arts lately. Especially since I’ve started training 7+ times a week. And it’s pretty neat (for me). Here is this totally insane thing I learned that I never knew before: I don’t need makeup. 

What
I know. 

I had no idea. 

I can’t really wear makeup to practice without potentially getting it on someone’s white gi (I’m just not as skilled as some of you fly ladies out there with all the badass makeup skills). So I’ve slowly started to not wear makeup. Like a lot. I use to wash my face before practice. Now I might not put it on at all during the day. Because that’s a fair amount of work to just wash it off in a few hours. I’m accustomed to almost always having a little makeup on, foundation and mascara at least. But like. I’ve repeatedly left my house bare-face over the past few months. And guess what. It has been fine. 

At first I wasn’t as confident without it tbh. But guess what. That clean tai otoshi I just did into a reverse arm bar made me feel pretty confident. So did that crazy slick omoplata I just did. And did you see me send that man almost twice my weight into orbit with a tomoe nage? Yeah, that makes me feel pretty good too.

Honestly, the first time I got ask out after practice I thought “Me? With the no makeup on. And the sweaty hair. Are you sure? But you can’t even really see my eye lashes??” So. There is that.

So, I guess what I’m trying to say is: thank you, martial arts for the confidence to be sweaty and gross and bare faced. I’m digging this a little. 

However, don’t get me wrong. You better believe I’ve still got on winged eyeliner sharp enough to cut a man when I have somewhere fun to go though. 

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I’m sorry for the similar post but I just can’t contain the hype. 

In one of the Most DOMINATING underdog take overs I’ve seen in MMA Jedrzejcyk defeated Esparza to win the UFC’s 115lb title at ufc 185. Just look at how freaking crip her striking is and how amazing her control of distance is.  Those punches were super sonic and lazer guided and her takedown defense was on point the entire night!!

Shes a beast! A monster! A killer! A unstoppable force I don’t really see anyone who can challenge a beast like her at her weight. Her reach is pretty significant and she’s not afraid to use it!

The scary part is she’s only going to improve. If she doesn’t get cocky in theory this is the lowest skill level we’ll se her at and she’ll just keep growing and evolving. Just like Rousey’s striking has gone to that next level soon we might see Jedrzejck going for takedowns or getting some trips from the clinch. 

Joanna Jędrzejczyk  born August 18, 1987) is a Polish mixed martial artist who competes in the Women’s Strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, of which she is the current UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion making her the first European female champion in UFC history. She is a six-time world champion and four-time European champion in Muay Thai.

ALL ABOARD THE HYPE TRAIN!!!!!

#tbt 6 months ago and today

if you had told me six months ago that I would be nearly 40lbs lighter, a hell of a lot more confident, and able to disarm grown men and throw them to the ground - I wouldn’t have believed you

I am so grateful that I joined my friend at her Krav Maga class that night in May. I never could have imagined how martial arts would change my life in so many ways. I love my class, my instructor, the masters, it’s amazing. I cannot wait to see what it’ll be like in another 6 months

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How to Roll with Women in BJJ
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“I’m supposed to go in your guard? Don’t you think this is moving a little fast? I just met you

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SHEILA HADDAD. This video is mesmerizing. I never get tired of it.

This is not Ninjutsu, however, she does hold a 15th Dan in Bujinkan Budo Taijustu/Ninjutsu. She is also a 7th degree black belt in Seibukan Jujutsu as shown here!