the gwf program
A meaningful martial arts experience for girls that builds confidence, discipline, and resilience.
Locations & Schedule
Our monthly programming includes lessons from different Girls Who Fight instructors in Brazilian jiu jitsu, wrestling, and kickboxing.
Kids Class: Age 8-12
Teen Class: Age 13-18
We are giving away one month free trials for those who request a trial during COVID19.
(To begin when life goes back to normal) *Normal trial period is one class.
Beyond martial arts, we teach girls how to speak assertively, walk confidently, stand their ground, and believe in themselves.
WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING
"Since my daughter has been in the program I've noticed an increase in her physical fitness, self-confidence, and assertiveness. Classes are very engaging, combining a mixture of community building, self-defense, situational awareness, and decision making. Gemma's pleasant demeanour along with the group activities she organizes helps all the students feel welcome and provides opportunities to build quality friendships.This is phenomenal program. Priceless!"
"From the second we walked through the door Gemma made us feel comfortable and welcome! Gemma has made a huge impact on my daughter and it is the one thing she looks the most forward to every week. The confidence and strength she encourages is second to none. Would 100% recommend Girls Who Fight for any young girl. Gemma and Felicia are the kind of role models our girls need!"
"My daughter had a blast! And I am incredibly surprised, honestly. I spoke to Gemma before the class to let her know that she has a serious fear of getting hurt, and was quite apprehensive about coming to class. When she came out she was beaming. She proceeded to pin me a few times a couple of different ways and I was blown away. Very, very honestly. Whatever you guys are doing is amazing and I am truly grateful."
"GWF IS AWESOME! It was my parents idea to send me, and I was confused why, I'm not very athletic. I finished the first class and had sooo much fun! I've been going every week since. Gemma is like a big sister to me. I know I can do anything I set my mind to as long as I work hard, and keep persisting. I wouldn't have learned that without GWF. And can we talk about how nice ALL the other girls are? Some of my best friends go to GWF. Everyone is encouraging and supportive. This really is a special place."
"Gemma is one of a kind. She surpassed our expectations of what we we were initially looking for: a self defence course for our daughter. Instead, GWF is really about empowering young women to stand up for themselves, be confident and push themselves to achieve their full potential through martial arts. I am always impressed with the quality of instructors and guest instructors Gemma brings in and the care and kindness shown to all her students. It is such a supportive environment."
"What my daughters have gained from their time with Gemma as a mentor and instructor is immeasurable - confidence, self-respect, teamwork, strength, skill and responsibility for one's self and others."
It's not about training girls to fight. It's about training them to be so capable, so confident, and so resilient, that they never have to fight.
Gemma / MMA
Gemma Sheehan is an MMA fighter with over 11 years of experience training and competing in the sports of kickboxing, wrestling, and Brazilian jiu jitsu. She achieved a record of 5-1, with 4 wins in the first round by TKO or submission, and is a Pan Am Champion in Brazilian jiu jitsu.
Felicia / Jiu Jitsu
Felicia is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athlete who has earned provincial, national, international and panamerican titles. All while finishing law school. Felicia's positive and encouraging spirit is contagious to everyone around her on and off the mats.
Ashley / Kickboxing
Ashley has been training Muay Thai for 7 years, and has competed in Canada, the United States, and in Thai Land. Outside of the ring, Ashley is a singer, a clothing designer & business owner, and a big sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.
Alex / wrestling
Alex is a 2x national champion and a rising star on the Canadian national team, and an assistant coach to the York varsity wrestling team. Off the mats she is a talented musician. Alex brings an incredible message about grit, self-belief, and determination to our students and team.