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Pacific Association of Women Martial Artists

Uniting and empowering a diverse community
of women and girls in the martial arts.

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Over 100 women and girls attended the 37th Annual PAWMA Camp Diversity, Empowerment, Community
September 19 - 22, 2014, Aldersgate Retreat Center, Turner, Oregon

Photo by Renee Smith.

Photo: Renee Smith

Camp 2014 Photo Album on Facebook


2014 Camp Evaluation Form (MS Word): if you didn't get a chance to give your feedback, download the evaluation form. Instructions for sending it in are on the form.


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In Appreciation for Those Serving You

A Letter from our President, Sonya Richardson



Photo by Catrina Marchetti.
The Pacific Association of Women Martial Artists has been holding training camps for thirty-seven years. Behind the curtain, thirty-seven groups of organizers have brainstormed, created, re-shaped and turned the gears that move women and girls in their exploration and deepening of their relationship with the martial arts. A bow of gratitude to all who served on the PAWMA Board before us from conception to this day.

If you’ve ever been on a non-profit board, you understand those first few months of feeling like you’re jogging underwater. Simply stated, it takes a minute to plant one’s feet firmly, let alone run boldly on the road. Last year’s Board, small but mighty, was amazing. They not only left us breadcrumbs to find the path, but a host of thoroughly organized “how to’s” and a healthy fiscal purse to advance us forward. Please take a moment to literally read each name aloud in full appreciation: Roseanne Boudreau. Helen Yee. Patty O’Linger. Nikia Fenlin. Justine Simkins (continuing board member) and Michelle McVadon (Elder Counsel).

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Are you a woman or girl training in the martial arts? Do you want to support women and girls training in the martial arts?

Do you enjoy experiencing other martial arts, and sharing your own?


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Are you moving and looking for a school or teacher in your new location?

Are you a beginning student
and want to experience a variety of styles before you settle on one?

Are you an advanced student and want to reinvigorate your training or train with other master teachers?


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At PAWMA, we believe that the martial arts have special value for women, whether pursued for self-expression, self-protection, spirituality, or physical health. We are committed to encouraging women and girls to train, and to promoting an atmosphere of respect and support for women martial artists of all styles. Membership is open to everyone who supports the full and active participation of women in the martial arts.

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