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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. 

Camp Updates and Information

by Emmy DeFigueiredo

Sifu Robin Dahlberg's online setup

Hello PAWMA Members!

We hope this finds you grounded, thriving, and enjoying the bright spots in your training and day to day life. I’m writing to share a bit more about camp - please read on!

Camp 2021

As we shared earlier this year - we will once again be hosting camp online. CYO Camp has graciously agreed to push forward our donation another year, and we are exploring dates for Fall 2022. We will continue to keep the membership updated when we have more information, and eagerly look forward to training together in person!

Call for Teachers and Artists. Read on! »  

Martial Arts in Fiction

by Nina Thompson

A few of Nina's recommendations

With all the time I haven't been commuting this year, I've been reading. And of course, I want to read about other women martial artists. I've gotten some picks from one of PAWMA's teachers. Here's a list of women we have been reading about:.

What a great list! Check it out »

Board Update - Announcing Four Vacancies

by Robin Dahlberg, Vice President

Your current board showing their fierce determination. L-R from top left: Emmy DeFigueiredo, Robin Dahlberg, Kathy Long, Rusty DeJesus, Jennifer Argle, Mollie Wolf, Gina Mares Kurtz, Jaydra Perfetti 

When a new PAWMA Board convened about a year and a half ago, little did we know that the whole world would shift. And we shifted with it! We have been fortunate to have collective skill sets adept in using technology, so that we could plan not one, but now two online camp experiences. 

As we continue to adapt, we hope that some of you will join us for the ride. At the conclusion of our next camp, August 26-29, 2021, three of our board members will be signing off from their leadership duties. Another of our members stepped down earlier to grow their family (congrats, Veronica!). With this in mind, we will have four vacancies on our Board of Directors in the fall of 2021. 

Find out what it takes to join the 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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