Community Girls and Women Self-defense Program

Martial artists with deep roots in community outreach and engagement are joining forces to help end violence against women and girls, particularly among at risk and low income girls and women. Tuff Love Fitness Collective, Sweaty Betties and Four Elements Fitness are collaborating to offer scholarships to our MONTHLY GIRLS AND WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOPS starting in January 2020. Our goal is to provide free self-defense training for girls and women at FOUR Elements Fitness. We seek to offer girls and women in the community up to 16 scholarships per month over a period of a year.

The past few years have been a turbulent time for women, communities of color, and LGBTQ+ folks. Recently we’ve seen increased incidents that may have undermined our sense of safety: attacks on the LGBTQ community and immigrants, #MeToo reports of epidemic sexual harassment and assault for women in all sectors, a rise in intimate partner violence, as well as multiple mass shootings. Safety continues to be a growing concern for many marginalized people. But we are also taking a stand and fighting back, supporting each other, and in many cases triumphing -- as we did during the midterm elections with historic wins for women.

With this backdrop, it is clear that self-defense and martial arts training can be life-affirming and life-changing for many. Sweaty Betties’ mission has always been to unite, educate and empower a diverse community of women and girls in the martial arts. Four Elements Fitness has focused on making martial arts training accessible to LGBTQ+, female and POC students. These missions have never been more relevant or significant than it is right now.


We are looking for financial support for the program as well as participants for the monthly self-defense workshops. Those who would like to donate, apply for scholarship or learn more about the program, visit:

Girls and Women's Self-defense Program


The Girls and Women’s Self-Defense Program is reinventing itself during this pandemic. To slow the spread of the coronavirus, we are canceling our in-person workshops and shifting online until shelter in place is lifted. 

If you are looking to embark on some self-improvement, stay fit while stuck at home or would like a refresher course, consider taking our free online Fierce and Fit: Martial Arts and Movement course. This online course will be taught by a seasoned female Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. To learn more or to register for the course, click here