girls self defense class toronto

the gist

1x per week Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu programs in different Toronto neighbourhoods. 

Girls: age 8-12 / Teens: age 13-18


Martial Arts

Learn the most effective martial arts for self defense, Kickboxing and/or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

self defense

Girls learn our full 30-move self defense curriculum, and become capable of defending themselves from all attacks and positions. 

fitness & body image

Martial arts sets kids on a path of healthy living, and helps girls see their body in terms of what it can do, instead of what it looks like.


50 Torbay Road, 404 & Steeles




Teens & Kids Martial Arts & Fitness Training



6 Roper Road, Warden & St.Clair


TEEN BJJ       SATURDAY 3:15-4:15

beyond martial arts

GirlSafe Education

Students learn expert principles of street safety, online safety, situational awareness, and more.

The GWF Code

Class expectations include presenting confidently, giving your best effort, taking initiative, and speaking assertively.

Student of the Month

Awarded in each class to a student who shows commitment, effort, and teamwork! 

Curriculum Tracking

Girls track progress on their curriculum tracker, where they catalogue what they've learned, and see what's next.

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Can Beginners Join? Will They Catch Up?

99.9% of girls join with zero experience. Girls can jump in and pick up their learning at any point. We always switch up partners (except during COVID), often pairing more experienced girls with beginners during technique sessions to jumpstart their learning and to help them make friends. New girls are joining class all the time, so beginners are never alone!

How Long Will It Take For My Daughter To Be Good At Self Defense?

Self defense and martial arts are like anything, they take practice and repetition to be effective. The longer that a student practices the art the better prepared they will be. It takes 20 classes to learn the full self defense curriculum, which is about 6 months. We recommend that students stay in the program at least long enough to finish this. Along with their self defense techniques, it takes about six months for someone to feel like they really understand the basic concepts, movements, and techniques of any martial art. For this reason, you might consider the six month membership option.

My Daughter Is Not Very Athletic, Can She Handle It?

We get this question pretty often, and the answer is non-athletic girls will be just fine! Martial arts are not a sport that is based on athleticism like gymnastics or dance. Whether you're athletic or not, you will be able to learn the techniques like anyone else. Once you start picking up the techniques and basic movements, your coordination and confidence will improve, and you will gradually be able to do better and better!

Is There a Pre-Class Training to Help My Daughter Feel Comfortable on Her First Day?

Yes! If your daughter is extra shy or intimidated by the class (new students are almost always pretty shy!), we offer an intro private lesson special to help future students get familiar with warm up moves, stances, basic movements, class culture, and more. We want every girl starting the class feeling confident, like they belong, and like they got this!! Our normal private lesson price is $130/ hour, but this special is only $90.00 If you would like to take advantage of this, please just email us and we will set it up pronto!

What is Student of the Month?

We want our students to feel recognized for their hard work, and motivated to do their best every single class. Every month we award one student per class with this award which recognizes three qualities: 1. Commitment- student has shown dedication by attending every class in the month 2. Effort- student has demonstrated good effort in training, listening, asking questions, and trying her best. 3. Team work- student has shown a supportive attitude towards her fellow teammates The aware does not recognize skill level! Even a beginner can win this award if they show these great qualities in class! The winner even wins their own highlight video, produced by our professional videographer! A great way to show off their skills and awesome-ness for family and friends to see!

What is The GWF Code?

Our girls sign off on the GWF Code, which lays out expectations for class behaviour. These include attire, safety, good listening, speaking assertively, taking initiative to find partners, being extra welcoming to new students, martial arts etiquette, standing tall and confidently in the gym, and more. It's amazing to see our students over time take pride in demonstrating strong qualities in class like shooting their hand up to volunteer to demonstrate or go first, or confidently walking up to new students and asking to be their partner.

we're expanding locations!

We are adding more neighbourhoods starting January 2021. Please leave your info if you are interested in any of the following locations!

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Meet our head coaches!

Gemma / MMA

Gemma is an ex-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.

"When you hold girls to a high standard, they rise to meet it, and they take great pride in doing so. This is why GWF is so transformative—you're going to have fun, gain life changing skills, be challenged and encouraged, and learn that you are capable of anything you set your mind to."

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-Gemma Sheehan,

Founder of Girls Who Fight.

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