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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. 

Mark your Calendars!

Camp 2022 will be October 13-16

at CYO Retreat Center
in Occidental, CA

Your Board of Directors is very much looking forward to our upcoming in-person camp. We can’t wait to see everyone, train together, and give our martial arts journeys a boost. With that in mind, we are excited to announce our theme for Camp 2022: Reclaiming our Fire. We really hope you can join us as we dig back into training in community again!

Calling All Teachers

If you are an instructor and are ready to bring your fire to the community, we invite you to apply to be a teacher at camp. Past classes have included Capoeira, bullwhip cracking, Hawaiian Lua, Kalari, self-defense, and various healing systems (Yoga, Pilates, Qigong, First Aid, etc) in addition to our classic martial arts offerings. We want to offer an extensive variety of classes, provide opportunities for new instructors, and welcome back experienced teachers. We are offering a stipend of $150 per class, plus travel expenses. 

Apply to teach at Camp 2022 
Deadline: July 1

Calling All Artists

If you’re ready to capture our theme in an image, then we want to hear from you! We will use the camp logo to help promote camp online, on download-and-print flyers, and of course, on the coveted camp T-shirt. We are offering a stipend of $200 plus a free T-shirt for the selected logo designer. Please view our application for more information and to apply. 

Apply to design our 2022 logo
Deadline: June 1

We look forward to hearing from the teachers and artists among us! And for everyone, be sure your calendars are marked for October 13-16 at CYO Camp in Occidental, CA, and stay tuned for plenty of details about camp in the coming months. We can’t wait to be in person with our community again! 

Warmest regards,
Your PAWMA Board

Black Lives Matter Conversation

Our nation is engaging in conversations that need to be had about how Black Americans face disproportionate violence at the hands of police, a disproportionate rate of incarceration, and systematic racism that prevents access to resources. Below are listed ways that you can help with or without donating money.

This list is sourced from submissions from our PAWMA community and compiled by our newsletter editor. It is, of course, incomplete—we invite you to continue the conversation by sharing resources and reactions in your training communities and in our racial justice programming at this year’s camp!



  • The Bail Project: National revolving fund that battles mass incarceration
  • Black Lives Matter: International organization with a mission to “eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.”
    Three women founded #BlackLivesMatter in 2013 as a response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's murderer.

  • Share your next stimulus check. https://www.sharemycheck.org/


  • Find your local bail relief fund, BLM branch, or organization that addresses police violence against Black Folx



  2. The Conscious Kid (@TheCosnciousKID)
    Parenting and Education through a Critical Race Lens
  3. Showing up for Racial Justice (@showingupforracialjustice)
    SURJ is a national network of groups & individuals organizing white people for racial justice.
  4. Families belong together (@fams2gether)
  5. Sistersong (@sistersong_woc)
  6. Carenotcops campaign (@carenotcopspdx)
  7. Mpd_150 (@MPD_150) 
  8. Campaign zero (@campaignzero)
  9. Black Lives Matter (@BLM)

More Education and Action Resources »

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