A Japanese martial arts book written more than 100 years ago has revealed the moves women once used to fight off attacks by men.
The text details a number of martial arts moves that women can use for self defence, including throws, a kicking technique and a way to break an attacker’s arm.
Published in 1914, the book’s female author also describes a group of Japanese females who came together to form a Women’s Self-Defence League.
The book contains a detailed diagram showing the ‘weak spots’ on a man, which are known as Kyusho.
‘Kyusho are points on the body that can cause damage if struck hard, or they can be used to resuscitate a person,’ the book reads, according to Live Science.
…The martial arts moves detailed in the text come from a style of fighting called Jujutsu.
‘The fundamentals of Jujutsu is to use the opponent’s power,’ Showa writes.
[From the book]: ‘Some men feel no qualms about affecting disrespectful conduct around us.
‘A resolute solution to men’s debauchery continues to elude us.’
The Women’s Self-Defence League trained women to fight off attacks from men and awarded women who had used moves to defend themselves from an assault.
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