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Meet The Founder, Gemma Sheehan

Hello! I'm the founder and head coach at GWF. I'm an ex-MMA fighter and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt with over 14 years of experience training and competing in kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu, and wrestling.

In 2017 I retired as a fighter and became a coach, running a girls and teen MMA program in Toronto for 4 years. In 2021 I moved to Texas and launched our 20 week women's self defense course in Dallas Fort-Worth.

My mission through Girls Who Fight is to create the best possible training program for women and girls who want to learn self defense. Our approach is to address the threat scenarios women face with effective and street-proof combat skills, and avoidance and awareness strategies that can (ideally) stop a woman from ever having to fight.

Learn more about our training approach >

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Dallas - Fort Worth

1800 Justin Rd #1800A, Highland Village, TX 75077

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Head Instructor: 

Gemma Sheehan

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6 Roper Rd, Scarborough, ON M1L OG6, Canada

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2023 Programs:

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Women's Intro Workshop >

Head Instructor: 

Gemma Sheehan

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