Long before the term " samurai " came into usage, Japanese fighters were skilled with the sword and spear. These warriors included some women, such as the legendary Empress Jingu — who lived between approximately and A. Linguistic purists...
These women engaged in battle, commonly alongside samurai men. They were members of the bushi samurai class in feudal Japan and were trained in the use of weapons to protect their household, family, and honour in times of war. Long before the emergence of the renowned samurai class, Japanese fighters were highly trained to wield a sword and spear. Women learned to use naginata , kaiken , and the art of tantojutsu in battle. Such training ensured protection in communities that lacked male fighters.
However, there are still women from Japanese history who can help deconstruct these stereotypical gender representations, one great example being that of the onna bugeisha , who by all means had nothing to do with a demure geisha. The onna bugeisha was, as the term virtually translates to, a woman warrior.
While Japan has plenty of women who participate in Wushu and have done rather well more Japanese women have made names for themselves in karate, judo and taekwondo. Both are gendai budo martial arts, or modern Japanese martial arts that started from or after the Meiji Restoration —
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