Ann Arbor Dojo Can Teach Martial Arts for Women
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - iSportsWire -- Looking for inspiration in the world of martial arts for women? (

Want to learn more about women's contributions to martial arts?

Are you a woman interested in martial arts but not sure where to begin?

Although the most popular martial artists a typical person may think of might be men, women have been key players in the history of martial arts. From the female warriors who founded popular styles centuries ago to the female stars of modern judo and karate, let's take a look at martial arts for women throughout history.

Martial Art Styles Created by Women

The martial arts style Wing Chun takes center stage in Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee movies. However, it was a woman, Ng Mui, who created this style in the 17th century. It's believed that Ng Mui found inspiration watching a crane and snake fight in the woods. The style is characterized by short direct strikes and throwing multiple moves at the same time.

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The popular White Crane Style was also developed by a woman, Fang Qiniang. Like her counterpart, Fang Qiniang was also inspired by the movements of the crane. Legend says she encountered a crane as she was doing her chores one afternoon. When she tried to scare the bird off with a stick, the crane countered her moves gracefully and repeatedly. The White Crane Style is common in women's self-defense classes due to its delicate nature and moves that don't rely on great strength.

Modern Martial Arts for Women

Kayla Harrison is a vibrant star in today's martial arts world. She's a decorated Olympian and world champion judoka. But Harrison is not only well-decorated as a female competitor. In 2016 she was promoted to 6th degree black belt as the youngest person in the US to earn the rank. Since 2018, Harrison has successfully competed as a mixed martial artist.

If you take any inspiration from these women in martial arts, you belong at JMAC! Let them turn your inspiration into the first step of your journey in martial arts. At JMAC, they pride themselves in creating a safe and fun training environment open to all skill levels. Contact them today for a free introductory class!

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About Japanese Martial Arts Center: Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, JMAC is an authentic Japanese martial arts facility that focuses on karate, judo, Nihon jujutsu, and iaido serving the Ann Arbor, Dexter, Chelsea, Pinckney, and Canton areas as well as all Southeast Michigan. Experienced instructors train the mind, body, and spirit of members at an individualized pace, offering martial arts to both experienced and inexperienced students.

Source: Japanese Martial Arts Center

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