A monthly newsletter for students and friends of Kicks Martial Arts for Women
|Inside this issue:
The Future of Feminism
ITU Seminar a Hit!
Cool Link of the Month
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|The Future of Feminism
Faces of the Future
A look at Bucknell Sirens and SASSE Syracuse
As a member of the Bucknell community I am always encouraged by the strength and leadership of Bucknell students who are organizing themselves around feminist principles. The members of Bucknell Sirens, for example, tirelessly work to educate students and staff about issues of sex inequality and misogyny. Sirens' activism encourages dialogue and protest and represents the courage and conviction of today's feminists. Sirens is currently the sponsor of Bucknell Kick Back Against Violence 2004, which will be held on May 2nd.
I recently had the opportunity to give a twelve hour Empower! Self-Defense for Women workshop at Syracuse University. The event was sponsored by Students Advocating Sexual Safety and Empowerment (SASSE). It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I left Syracuse empowered by the future of feminism!
This month's Dojang Digest is dedicated to this current generation of bold and brazen feminist fighters who are continuing the struggle to challenge sexism and inequality.
These young women, along with thousands of others across the country and internationally, are a force to be reckoned with! Their example leaves me optimistic about the future of feminism. Keep up the great work!
Quay practices ground fighting during Empower!
V-Day Syracuse. After a second successful year in 2002, V-Day Syracuse decided that in order to expand to fill the needs it recognized in the SU community, it needed to move away from the international V-Day organization in name and goals, and so SASSE was formed. V-Day Syracuse still exists as a sub-committee within SASSE, but the goals and work of SASSE reach far beyond V-Day and V-Week.
As the largest feminist organization at SU, SASSE is committed to advancing the status of women in all aspects. While the focus of the organization is sexual safety and sexual empowerment, we believe that many things are incorporated in those issues and are open to addressing anything that effects the lives of women. Our to focuses/ on-going campaigns are Sexual Safety and Empowerment through Knowledge. The ongoing slogan that we are using currently for many project is "Choice is Power."
Laura McClelland, executive board member of SASSE said, "Our two campaigns that will be implemented starting next Fall are "F is for Feminism," addressing issues and needs surrounding the feminist community and women's experience at SU, and 'Pussies to the Polls,' educating women about the necessity of their presence at the voting polls in November."
ITU Seminar a Hit!
We were honored to have Master Tom Merritt and Master Lucy Hanson at our last rank test on April 20th. Along with overseeing the test, Master Merritt taught two seminars on Tae Kwon Do form and technique.
Master Merritt is the youngest seventh degree black belt in North America and is the founder and president of the International Tae Kwon Do Union (ITU). The ITU was formed in retaliation to increasing internal "politics" in martial arts organizations. The ITU promises a "politics free" environment. According to Master Merritt, "I started the ITU because other major organizations are politically influenced and unaffordable. The ITU is based on a philosophy of no favoritism and openly accepts practioners from all different kwans."
As the first male instructor to ever be invited to Kicks, Master Merritt said, "I am very honored to be here. It means a great deal to me to be the first male to teach at Kicks." Master Merritt went on to comment that, In his more than 20 years of martial arts training, "Kicks students are some of the finest Tae Kwon Do students I've ever seen."
Kicks director, Laura Kamienski, was re-certified as an International Tae Kwon Do Union instructor during the course of the events. "I am extraordinarily proud to be affiliated with the ITU. Master Merritt sets a new standard for all martial artists, female and male," said Sabum Nim Kamienski.
Lindsey "kicks it up" at the April 20th rank testing.
Sirens was created in the Fall of 1999 by Women's Studies students who felt that women's voices were underrepresented on campus. Sirens aims to organize events with the intent of raising awareness about gender equality and the welfare of Bucknell's women.
Various students have commented on the lack of
diversity on Bucknell's campus and because of this have felt pressure
not to be who they truly are. Sirens aims to break away at the barriers
that prevent women from feeling like they have to act a particular way and,
at the same time, increase education about the way women's roles have
been determined and how they are often times incomplete.
Kicks Rank Promotions
A special congratulations to Gaby who earned a medal for her outstanding Perseverance.
A special congratulations to Katie who earned a medal for her outstanding performance in Breaking.
A special congratulations to Junior Student of the Month - Joanna
You can check out more test photos by clicking here.
V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop worldwide violence against women and girls including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sexual slavery.
Through V-Day campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit performances of "The Vagina Monologues" to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities. In 2003, over 1,000 V-Day benefit events were presented by volunteer activists around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls and raising US$4 million to combat it.
The 'V' in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina.
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