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We give girls the self defense skills to protect their lives and the confidence to succeed at anything they do

DFW Founders Special

For the first 12 girls to enroll in our new Girls Self Defense Class in DFW  Learn More >

Confidence, Awareness, Self Defense

If there's anything girls need today, it's confidence, awareness, and the ability to defend themselves from bullies and predators. We combine Mixed Martial Arts, self defense techniques, and street smarts to create one of the most empowering and valuable experiences a girl can have - and have fun while doing it.

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The Benefits of Martial Arts Training For Girls

Improved Mental Health

See your body in terms of what it's capable of— not what it looks like

Martial arts helps girls develop self esteem and mental strength. Girls will:

  • become a part of a supportive, no-judgement community

  • relieve stress

  • develop mental toughness and resolve

Improved Physical Health

Stay healthy with positive habits

Martial arts is an incredibly healthy activity that exercises the whole body and mind. Training helps girls:

  • develop co-ordination, agility and balance

  • form healthy habits

  • learn how to defend themselves in worst case scenarios

Rock Solid Confidence

Learn that you can accomplish things you never thought you could

There's no activity that compares to martial arts when it comes to confidence building​. Girls learn:

  • how to stand up for themselves

  • how to walk and speak confidently

  • how to set boundaries

  • how to be safe in their daily lives

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Weekly Classes

Self defense classes for girls 8-12

Girls learn kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, wrestling, and our full self defense curriculum

Friday's from 5-6 pm

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Summer Camps

Our Flagship Self Defense Camp for Girls 8-17


Camps combine self defense, energizing training in kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, street-smarts, and fun, confidence-building exercises

Summer camps available in DFW and Toronto

What Parents Say About Girls Who Fight

"Gemma takes the time to connect with the girls. Her program and the connection she and the other coaches have with the girls has inspired my daughter to try hard, push herself harder and accomplish more than she ever expected. I can not recommend Girls Who Fight enough."

-Trish B.

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"My daughter loves Girls Who Fight - the coaches care about the girls and expect them to rise to the occasion with humour and inspiring leadership to support them. They work hard, develop confidence, and have a lot of joy doing it together. We've really loved our experience with GWF"


-Emily G.

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 "GWF is one of a kind. It surpassed our expectations of what we we were initially looking for: a self defence course for our daughter. Instead, GWF is about empowering young women to stand up for themselves, be confident and push themselves to achieve their full potential through martial arts. I am always impressed with the quality of instructors and kindness shown to all students. It is such a supportive environment."

-Dirk B.

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"The instructors are encouraging, supporting and knowledgeable. It's a welcoming space, even for less athletically inclined girls. My daughter has loved it from day one, and I have seen her confidence and poise soar. She has learned a lot over this past year and is always excited to share her knowledge. I would absolutely recommend this for any girl or young woman."
-Katherine H.
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"If it was possible to give a better than perfect rating to Girls Who Fight, we would. Our 12 year old daughter has a keen interest in martial arts, but there is no place she is more enthusiastic or passionate about than Girls Who Fight, and no member of this community she adores as much as Gemma. She provides excellent training, stimulates personal growth, develops trust and confidence, and has helped make our daughter in to the amazing young woman she is today. We're forever grateful."
-Jason R.B.

It's not about teaching girls to fight- but to be so confident, so capable, and so aware that they never have to.

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