The popular view of Karate practitioners is of bald headed men with no teeth, but this is far from true. Many women of all ages practice karate and there are many highly skilled and highly regarded female martial artists. This is not a recent phenomenon; Shaolin nuns were practicing the martial arts over a thousand years ago! Karate was designed to provide an effective way to defend yourself from an aggressor who is larger and more powerful than you and/or armed. Though not designed specifically with women in mind, Karate is a martial art that relies very heavily on skill to overcome brute force. Most men will rely on their physical presence to overpower their victim(s), but a well placed blow at the correct time will stop anyone. A woman’s muscles are shorter than a man’s, so they contract and expand quicker. This means that a woman has a natural speed advantage.
The mechanical make up of a woman’s body gives them more fluid and flexible hips, and most of the power in Karate techniques comes from the hips. Women are much better at using their hips to generate power in their punches and kicks (just look at the average guy trying to dance at a night club and you’ll know how hard it is for men to use their hips efficiently!) Women also tend to excel in Kata – the heart of karate and the most difficult and demanding aspect of the martial arts. Karate won’t stop you from being assaulted but it can certainly help change the expected outcome of the assault. When a woman learns Karate, she also learns self-defense, self-confidence and self-esteem which allow her to be able to go out in life with less fear and with a warmer and more open attitude. Any woman who takes up Karate will learn a means of self-preservation by doing something which is often fun, while also bettering their health and general level of fitness.Pages: