Girls should be at home this late. Especially little Asian chicks like me. Never running, alone, in the dark streets of Oakland. Except that when dudes see you so comfortable and confident by yourself, they think you are either crazy or are hiding something.I am both. Crazy and hiding. From a fence ahead, I hear … Continue reading My name is Tigress
Simply put: Cause every man around her, one way or another, is being taught some sort of violence tool already. So, on top of their natural weight advantage, they also have the familiarity aspect on their favor too. When a woman has the chance to train since this young age, to make it second nature. … Continue reading Why little girls should learn to fight
One day, a woman is gonna break into culture and be known as the one beating the guys. May happen through movies, competition, the news... who knows. What I do know is from that day forward, whoever looks like her is gonna be feared and respected as “maybe she knows that karate shit too” kind … Continue reading For all women
Any mildly serious martial arts training has to give you three things. 1) a system of techniques that can protect, cause damage and transition from one another under pressure; 2) physical and mental conditioning to allow you to survive the effort of a fight; and 3) a routine that allows you to eat some pain … Continue reading How to chose a martial arts school
I grew up doing Taichi under the shadow of Wudang. Shifu never explained why or how, but he would make us perform the slow forms with precision and power, then when we had to fight, he pushed us away from trying to use the moves and positions. “No fantasy,” he would say. It infuriated me. … Continue reading Taichi for real fights?
For a woman, fighting is different. Technique matters more, intelligence matters more. We can’t rely on our weight and muscles so much. Need leverage, footwork, speed instead. But more than anything, we need inspiration. Not everyone is lucky to have been born in a family of fighters like me, to have been raised by one … Continue reading Fighting, for women