Feminist Karate 101

Seattle’s Feminist Karate Union has another course of Karate 101 starting next week, on September 21. It’s a great deal – $99 for eight weeks, with 101 classes each Thursday (and three additional/optional classes each week that 101 students are also welcome to attend). Having just finished the course that started in July, I have a few reflections to share.

Higher level practice

What I wanted when I signed up:

  • A better appreciation for karate, a martial art I had not tried since I was 9 years old
  • A good workout with some practical skills rolled in
  • A class that fit into the brief window in my travel schedule and writing deadlines
  • The experience of training in a dojo with all women

What we learned:

  • Dojo protocol (bowing, attitude and communications, etc)
  • Blocks
  • Punches
  • Kicks
  • Kata #1
  • How (and when and why) to kiai
  • Escapes from common holds (standing)
  • Some self-defense basics
  • The seven principles of the International Karate Federation

If you are a woman who has always wanted to try karate, or to try martial arts in an all-female environment, I highly recommend taking advantage of one of the 101 courses taught each year. You may just discover your new passion, and a great community to explore it with. At the very least, you’ll get a good workout in a supportive environment, and gain some practical self-defense skills.

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