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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.

Japanese women fighters

Japanese women fighters

Japanese women fighters

Japanese women fighters

Even though the primary role of women in ancient Japan continued to be the support to their family and their husbands, they acquired a higher status in the household. As martial arts practitioners are often judged by the sensei they train under, Fukuda is known as having been the last surviving student of Kano Jigoro who opened his first dojo in Kano is considered the founder of judo, a sport he created by combining elements of jujitsu hand-to-hand combat of samurai warriors with physical, intellectual and moral aspects. Her name pops up in more recent periods of Japanese history, following the 17th-century revolution in training women fighters.

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Japanese women fighters

Japanese women fighters

Japanese women fighters

Japanese women fighters

Japanese women fighters

Japanese women fighters

Japan also has a top woman in the traditional Korean martial art of taekwondo. Travel during the Edo period was demanding and unsettling for many female samurai because of heavy restrictions. But for Nakano Takeko, an onna-bugeisha woman warrior, front line defense was the only course of action.

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