Best Ladies Martial Arts

If you’re looking for ladies martial arts, Bristol has you covered. Perhaps too covered, since the choice can be overwhelming. How do you know which option to choose?

First off, the obvious point:

There’s no such thing as “the best” martial art

There’s not even such as thing as “the best” martial art for tall people, short people, strong people, weak people, or any other category of person.

There is only “the best” martial art for YOU.

You are unlike any other person on this planet, and only you can decide which martial art you enjoy the most, find most effective, and want to learn.

If you don’t know which one to choose, pick one at random and try it out! If you don’t like it, try another.

Why should ladies learn martial arts?

As women, we face unique challenges when it comes to personal safety. From the threat of assault to harassment and intimidation, it’s important that we equip ourselves with the skills and confidence to defend ourselves. One effective way to do so is through martial arts training.

Not only that, but a good martial art will focus on both physical and mental development. You will develop inner strength, self confidence and compassion, helping you to deal with emotional and psychological challenges.

Punching and kicking can be a great stress-reliever! I always feel amazing after a good martial arts class.
Punching and kicking can be great stress-relievers!

What are some good martial arts for women?

As I mentioned, there is no “best”, but there are lots of options for “good”. First, consider what you want out of your class.

Do you want a full-body workout? You might enjoy Muay Thai or Taekwondo. Both are fast-paced and involve punching and kicking.

Are you more interested in self defence? BJJ for ground fighting or Krav Maga for practical real-life application might appeal to you.

Or maybe you want it all. You want a workout, but also some slower-paced technical details. You want practical self-defence, but also philosophy. I may be biased, but Shorinji Kempo sounds perfect for you.

Second, consider your environment. Do you want a mixed class or a ladies-only class? There are benefits to both, and a quick check of your local martial arts club’s website should tell you what options they offer.

Are there women’s martial arts in South Bristol?

It should go without saying that women are welcome at “normal” martial arts classes, but if you’re looking for a ladies-only or woman-led class, you might want to check out these options:

Bristol Shorinji Kempo Dojo – although all of our classes are mixed, we have a high proportion of women in the class, and 2/3 of classes are taught by a woman. Our classes are in Totterdown and Windmill Hill.

Bristol Wutan – there is a women’s kickboxing class in St. Werburghs, and several of the kung fu and tai chi classes are taught by a woman.

Stand Strong Academy have a women’s kickboxing class in Brislington.

If you’re willing to go a little further afield, there is a Ladies-only Karate class in Staple Hill.

With correct technique, a small woman can overcome a large man.
With correct technique, a small person can defend against a large person.

What’s the bottom line?

There are lots of martial arts in South Bristol, but if you’re looking for a well-rounded experience which will teach you self defence skills in a relaxed and welcoming environment, and you would prefer to be taught by a woman, Bristol Shorinji Kempo Dojo is well worth checking out!

Published by Nicola Higgins

Nicola Higgins is a 30-something* martial artist, Girlguiding Brownie and Ranger Leader, and actuary. She somehow also finds time to read, fuss her cat, and occasionally spends time with her husband. [* please note that "ten or more" is still something.]

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