Women of Color Self-defense Sponsorship Program

Martial artists with deep roots in community outreach and engagement are joining forces to help end violence against women and girls, particularly among low income girls and women of color. Tuff Love Fitness Collective, Sweaty Betties and Four Elements Fitness are collaborating to offer scholarships to our MONTHLY WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOPS starting in February 2019. 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 couple 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 of color.

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:

Women of Color Self-defense Scholarship Program.