I was born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) in 1984. This year I am going to graduate from the College of the Physical Culture and Sports. For 8 years I have been training in the Athletic combative federation “Kempo-kan”.
In 1999 I won Kumite competitions in the ST. Petersburg Setokan Karate Do championship. I am a prizewinner of IV, V and VII International Martial Arts Festival “Free Russia” in self-defense and Kobudo. I am a winner VIII International festival of martial arts “Athletic Russia” in Kobudo.
Kobudo is a combat style, which uses various forms of improvised remedies. Anything can be used as a weapon: a stick, a rope, etc. They might be used in particular situations of life. We mostly work with traditional weapons: “Bo” (pole), “Hambo” (short pole), “Sai”, etc. If someone is interested, please visit our forum and if you want visit the live club…
Self-defense competition is a team contest. Each team consists of several persons (minimum two). Any team should demonstrate self-defense techniques. Each team member defends in turn while the rest of it attacks her. All team actions are estimated by a score. The team is announced a winner if it gets a bigger score.
IFMA is the International Festival of Martial Arts. It’s a yearly tournament gathering athletes from many countries. Competitions are held in various oriental combative forms.
I have come in the club in order to improve my athletic and combative skills. In the club I have an opportunity to get together with other girls who are into the combative sports. It’s interesting for all of us to deal with each other and to exchange with skills.
I would be glad if an opportunity arises.
Yes, I am ready. Though I don’t have too much experience in wrestling, I am trying myself in this form. In fact, my skills in different combative sports help me very much.
Why not? Since I have been working as a trainer for a several years I am really ready to give individual lessons.
When I was a kid I participated in swimming and Fields and Tracks. Currently I am training in different karate styles… the styles that have a lot in common. Now I am training in wrestling.
Being a sales person in a farm market you have more chances to lose femininity and gentleness… When I am combating all “negative energy” is coming out of my body. So, in the real life I am able to be soft and “fuzzy”.
I am afraid. A probability to get a trauma always exists and karate is an extreme sport. There is a risk of injury in any sport if you participate in it for real. But a sport is like a drug addict… Once you try it it’s difficult to stop.
The most exciting was my very first bout in the club competitions. I won the title then in Kumite and got my first bowl. It was pure euphoria… I just remember what I felt there. Now everything goes quieter.
As I can see at the materials at your site women participated in combative activities even in the old times. All the more a woman should be able to defend herself in the present time. We just have to have some self-defense skills.
Just an ordinary (normal) girl is the one who needs to be into the combative sports. And no special physique is needed. Combative activities contribute to physique perfection. Actually, will power is more important here and some talent is a plus to achieve high levels in the sports.
I haven’t competed with men in tournaments. But in trainings my sparring partners are mostly men. This is first of all because quite few women attend an athletic team. By the way, this is the reason we decided to unite and create our female club.
Yes, I easily can. To me ability to fight is not the most important male feature…
As a matter of fact, the most men don’t like combative women. They don’t wont to be seen not strong enough in front of such women. I’ve never flaunted I was into the combative sports but I haven’t concealed that.
The sambist Andrey Romanov stated his opinion but I don’t agree with it.
I think that if a man wants to demonstrate his power it’s better to fight with another man rather than with a woman. But if he wants just to have training or even learn something he would compete with a woman.
This is the law of Nature that an average man is stronger than an average woman. Frail guys exists too…
I am not among feminists. My combative activities are not a protest against a men’s superiority. I don’t intend to humble any man. Not at all. I just love sports and don’t want to get fat. I love fast moves and abilities to control the body. Women shouldn’t do whatever men do… Each person should make his or her own choice.
I hope my combative skills and abilities will help me to avoid serious traumas, which would spoil my appearance. And an occasional bruise will be gone soon…
Sometimes I wrestle with friends for fun.
Perhaps, adrenaline ejection affects someone in the way of sexual arousal. But in a bout I have just one goal – to win and not to get blown… All my power is for fighting. I can’t say for other people, everyone is different.
Usually, women are considered to be more erotic than men. Therefore, combat events with women seem to be more erotic. So, female combative activities are a good basis for erotic shows.
No, I don’t.
I can’t guarantee for the future but it has never happened so far.
Yes, I have. Once my skills helped me to defend myself from a street hoodlum.
My parents took me to the combat club. They thought I wouldn’t be there for a long time but I lingered there. In fact, my bruises and traumas distress my relatives. They are always upset of that but they don’t impede my fascination with combat.
I love reading books and walking through our beautiful city. I am collecting soft toys. Besides I like woods and picking mushrooms.
I like your site very much. Especially, detail description of forms of female combat. I have never seen essays for female combat history except as at your site.
In May 2004 IX International Martial Arts Festival were held in Saint-Petersburg where martial artists from about 20 countries were competing. We congratulate Olesya Kudryashova with her victory in "kata with weapon" nomination!