Toronto, Canada

girls & teen camps

Self defense & martial arts camps that teach girls real skills, street safety smarts, and how to stand up for themselves

women's camps

Comprehensive, well rounded, and effective self defense training camps for women 12+

self defense & prevention workshops

Actionable, effective, and empowering self defense and assault prevention and response workshops for schools, companies, and organizations

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Hey, We're Girls Who Fight.

Our mission is to help women and girls lead safe and fulfilling lives.

Our Story

Established in 2017 by MMA fighter & Pan Am Champion Gemma Sheehan, Girls Who Fight attempted to bring the invaluable benefits of Mixed Martial Arts and self defense training to women and girls. We believed that the low participation of girls in martial arts could be improved by mindfully addressing what holds them back from regular gyms: male dominated spaces, rough training partners, discomfort with the physical closeness required for training, fear of looking stupid or getting hurt, and a conception that MMA is a 'boy thing'. And we were right! Over just three years of offering our female-only, beginner-friendly program, we grew from an idea to sold out classes and camps spanning three locations across the GTA.

Students come to us to learn how to defend themselves. What they gain in the process is confidence, courage, street smarts, friendships, mental toughness and character. Today we host a curated selection of life changing camps for both women and girls, and lead impactful workshops for organizations around the world. Our mission is to give each student the self defense skills needed to defend a physical threat, and the confidence needed to succeed at whatever they do.

Learn more about our founder and head coach

Gemma Sheehan!

Check out our 80+ FIVE STAR reviews on Google.

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