FightingArts Estore
Pressure Points
From a medical professional, straight facts on where and how to hit that can save your life.
Limber or not, anyone can add height and speed to their kicks with this method.
For yourself or as a gift, calligraphy is special, unique and lasting.
Karate Uniforms
Look your best. Max snap. low cost & superior crafted: “Peak Performance Gold” 16 oz uniforms.

Classic book translation. Hard to find. Not in stores.
Who's Online
0 registered (), 149 Guests and 2 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
Saheim, Withcy76, Nate_Owen, jimbolaire, diannebrown
23098 Registered Users
Top Posters (30 Days)
futsaowingchun 2
xubuntu69 1
Mawet 1
Su M Tu W Th F Sa
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31
New Topics
The cult of Kung Fu
by futsaowingchun
03/01/17 04:33 PM
2 man fighting drills.
by futsaowingchun
03/01/17 04:28 PM
Jello Dances to Uptown Funk
by 3rdDan
03/22/15 12:04 AM
** Introduce Yourself! **
05/13/07 08:02 AM
Recent Posts
** Introduce Yourself! **
by Mawet
03/14/17 06:06 AM
The cult of Kung Fu
by futsaowingchun
03/01/17 04:33 PM
2 man fighting drills.
by futsaowingchun
03/01/17 04:28 PM
Forum Stats
23098 Members
36 Forums
35675 Topics
432701 Posts

Max Online: 424 @ 09/24/13 10:38 PM
Page 2 of 2 < 1 2
Topic Options
#301312 - 11/15/06 12:17 AM Re: masculine hegemony in MA [Re: Neko456]
senseihonor Offline

Registered: 09/09/06
Posts: 62
Loc: Ontario, Canada

What I find strange in women headed dojos or gyms is the macho attitude that she can't teach him anything and women thinking they don't want a female head instructor.

I would guess that people with those kind of attitudes or perceptions, and whose beliefs don't change after they've trained with the female instructor for a little while probably don't stick around for too long...

Just out of curiousity, why would a woman not want a female head instructor? Is it because she may believe a female can't teach her what she wants to know?

#301313 - 11/15/06 07:53 AM Re: masculine hegemony in MA [Re: senseihonor]
harlan Offline
Professional Poster

Registered: 07/31/04
Posts: 6665
Loc: Amherst, MA
In response to why I prefer a male teacher:

Personally, I find that I have a different appreciation of mass. I took one course with a very capable woman much smaller than myself...and had no problem tossing her around. My male teacher, however, has size, mass and strength on me. Aside from that, there is the purely psychological advantage of having some kind of familiarity of confrontation with a male.

And do I think that the male 'hegemony' will change? No. And I don't really have a problem with it, as it would require the arts to change to accomodate the students. Perhaps...too much. My current training situation would probably be considered by modern karate standards as 'non-traditional'. This tailored training, to accomodate me, also precludes my 'moving up' in karate. change in the numbers of male/female.

#301314 - 11/15/06 06:37 PM Re: masculine hegemony in MA [Re: harlan]
senseihonor Offline

Registered: 09/09/06
Posts: 62
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Hi -

I have similar feelings about working with a female, but only for one segment of our training.

We periodically have an instructor visit who will teach us some ground work. I'm personally not too happy about being on the ground with my head stuck between ANYONE'S knees while they have me in a joint lock but if I have a choice, I prefer to do this stuff with a woman. From what I gather, SOME men in our dojo prefer working with a man for groundwork. Of course, the opposite can be true too!

Other than this example, I'd have to say that it mostly makes no difference to me whether it's a male or female instructor.

Also, I hope that as younger people continue to enter the MA's they bring their belief in equality with them.

Page 2 of 2 < 1 2

Moderator:  Cord, MattJ, Reiki, tkd_high_green 

Action Ads
1.5 Million Plus Page Views
Only $89

Stun Guns
Variety of stun gun devices for your protection

Buy Pepper Spray
Worry about your family when you’re not around? Visit us today to protect everything you value.
Accurate information on the ancient martial traditions of the Japanese samurai

C2 Taser
Protect yourself and loved ones from CRIME with the latest C2 Taser citizen model. Very effective.



Unbreakable Unbrella

krav maga