Almost every story has heroes and eventually we get acquainted with little-known cases of people who decide to stick with tradition and oppose the mainstream, trying to preserve, as far as possible, what had been learned at its origin.
Lately, more than ever, we've heard the term "women's empowerment." As a definition, we have: "a process in which women elaborate and recreate what it is that they can be, do and accomplish in a circumstance that they previously were denied." (Wikipedia)That said, let's take a look at ancient times in Japan. Let's start with mythology.
This is a common question that frequents the mind of many Karatekas, since there are many images of the very creator of modern karate, Funakoshi Gichin, using weapons.
Based on Kyūjutsu (the art or technic of the bow), considered for centuries as chief weapon of the fighting man in Japan, Kyūdō (way of the bow and arrow) was born by the time the Tokugawa had unified the nation and Kyūjutsu had involved into a discipline of mental and spiritual coordination.