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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. 

A Letter from the President

by Emmy DeFigueiredo

It has been a swift few months since camp in September; the time has felt both long and short.

PAWMA President Emmy DeFigueiredo

When the current Board convened in October of 2019, we had no idea what was in store for us in the upcoming year. There were a few things that we were certain of: first, we held immense gratitude for the outgoing board members who generously offered their time, advice, and wisdom as we transitioned into new roles and welcomed new board members. Second, in keeping with the previous board’s mantra, we were determined to make the 2020 camp “the best camp ever.” And third, we were excited to leverage the unique skill sets of this Board, to continue moving the work of PAWMA forward. We embarked upon the planning of our 2020 camp with enthusiasm, site visits, workback plans, and a commitment to living into our values.

This was the year that we had in mind, and the one that unfolded was completely different. 

More about how Camp 2020 unfolded »

Martial Arts & Anti-Racist Practice: Interwoven Transformative Journeys

A Note From Your PAWMA Board

L to R: Sifu Aminta Steinbach, Emmy DeFigueiredo, Sifu Amalia Sanchez, Jaydra Perfetti, Sensei Sam Taitel, Deepa Iyer, Sifu Serian Strauss, and Shifu Sally Chang

Planning our online camp was well underway by the summer of 2020, where we found ourselves amidst national and global uprisings against police violence and anti-Black racism. We had a valuable opportunity, given the ripeness of the moment, to build on the beautiful foundation laid by past boards and membership to put a spotlight on racial justice in a new way. As martial artists, we have a powerful toolbox to draw from. It was time to take a leap into how our community engaged with anti-racism during the short but precious time we were all together at camp.

Dive in for more about our panel including questions and reflections »

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Ethics and Reopening

by Sensei Katie Murphy Stevens

Ideas To Improve Teaching Martial Arts Online 

By Nina Thompson and the PAWMA Community

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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