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

We welcome all women and girls including individuals who are transgender, non-binary or self-identify as female. We aim to make our training spaces as accessible and inclusive as possible for our diverse community. Please contact us if you are wondering if this is a good program for you or your youth. 

PAWMA Camp 2020

Roots of Transformation

Thur, Sep 10 - Sun, Sep 13
CYO Camp, Occidental CA

Approx. 75 miles north of San Francisco / Oakland - plan to fly into SFO or OAK


130 Martial Artists Attended PAWMA Camp 2019

August 23-26 at Aldersgate Camps and Retreats, Turner OR

Our thanks to Camp 2019 Teachers

Sifu Aarin Burch Kajukenbo
Grandmaster Graciela Casillas Boxing, Shen Chun do, Escrima
Sifu Restita DeJesus Pangamot, Filipino arts
Sensei Delina Fuchs Danzan ryu jujitsu
Shifu/Sensei Koré Grate Tai Chi, Wu Chien Pai
Sensei Kristi Holm Tang soo do Karate
Coach Mollii Khangsengsing Brazilian Jiu jitsu
Shihan Dara Masi Hakko Densho Ryu Jujutsu, Iaido
Renshi Lori O'Connell Can Ryu Jiu-Jitsu
Sifu Jen Resnick Tai Mantis Kung Fu and Qigong
Sigung Sonya Richardson Kajukenbo
Dr Guru Aparna Sindhoor Kalari
Goeroe Silvia Smart Poekoelan
Simo Mia Velez Yoga for Martial Artists
Sifu Zo Zotigh Chinese medicine
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Building a Community of
Social Justice

By Ellen Morrison, with the help of past and current board members

Photo by Kerry Kehoe.

How did the idea of the white ally lunch come about?

The white ally lunch came about in our planning for PAWMA 2019 when I revisited a moment Aminta Steinbach, Tyler LePard and I had during Camp Sealth 2018. As she was leaving to join the people of color (POC) lunch, Aminta asked us a powerful question: “Wouldn't it be radical if when the people of color lunch happens, we could as a community acknowledge in that moment our absence when not part of our community?" The question was profound because it asked Tyler and me to stop and notice what was happening in the room. I remember the first question that came to mind was, ‘What are the white folks doing and thinking when their people of color friends are gathering in community?’ I noted that, like me, many may be impacted by the change, but were not talking about it. Turns out this was true for many. It also prompted both Tyler and me to reflect on what this question meant to us and heed a call to action about having a conversation about race at PAWMA. When Tyler and I started to talk about how to be responsive, we created a proposal that we hoped would build community and provide a space for an intentional conversation about allyship. We were joined by Lynn Kesler and Leslie Lippard in the planning.

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