the gwf approach

We provide a personal and meaningful martial arts experience for every student. Our programs include Brazilian jiu jitsu and kickboxing classes for kids (8-12) and teens (13-18). Our classes are taught by champion martial artists who are passionate about building unbreakable bonds with their students, and helping them build an unbreakable character. We believe that confidence, discipline, and resilience are as important as the physical capabilities that martial arts training provides. Our friendly but disciplined environment challenges, includes, and encourages our girls to strive to do their best and never give up.

what is jiu jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art based on ground fighting, focused on the skill of controlling one's opponent through techniques that leverage an understanding of how the body works, instead of strength. Jiu Jitsu teaches its students how to appropriately control any combative situation, even against bigger opponents. Lessons include learning how to escape when an opponent is on top, how to use take downs, how to pin an opponent, and how to use submissions when necessary. It is regarded as the most effective martial art in the world for street style self defense. Because of it's demand for commitment, patience, and understanding, it is also regarded as a strong source of character development for people of all ages. Jiu jitsu helps a student develop body awareness, physical coordination, discipline, and a degree of mental and physical toughness.

Locations & Times

Each GWF location has one day of classes per week. Our monthly programming includes lessons from different Girls Who Fight instructors in Brazilian jiu jitsu, wrestling, and kickboxing for a custom martial arts experience that keeps girls engaged and advancing. Our classes promote the values of discipline, perseverance, and team spirit, and include a code of conduct that will be given on the first day of class. We have a one class free trial.

Kids Class: Age 8-12

Teen Class: Age 13-18




6 Roper Road | St.Clair & Warden


KIDS BJJ: 2-3pm

TEEN BJJ: 3-4pm


33 Davisville Avenue | Yonge & Davisville


TEEN BJJ: 5:15-6:15pm

KIDS BJJ: 6:15-7:00pm

KIDS KICKBOXING: 7:00-7:30pm

50 Torbay Road | Steeles & Vic Park


"GWF IS AWESOME!!!! 👏 I started coming to the gym about a year ago. It was my parents idea to send me at first, and I was really confused why they would sign me up, considering I'm not very athletic. But the moment I met Gemma, she was so welcoming. I finished the first class and had soooo much fun! I've been going every Saturday ever since. I have gained so much confidence from her! She's like a big sister to me. Anyone can learn from her, even if you're some EXTREMELY athletic person, or a...let's just say... not so much of an athletic person (AKA 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 take a moment to talk about how nice ALL the other girls are there too? Some of my best friends I've met go to GWF. ALL the girls are so encouraging and supportive. This really is a special place."

Claire B. 


Gemma Sheehan in an MMA fighter with over 11 years of experience training and competing in the sports of kickboxing, wrestling, and Brazilian jiu jitsu. In her last active year of fighting she was ranked the #1 female MMA fighter in Ontario, and nominated for the best amateur female fighter worldwide. 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.


To read about why Gemma left her MMA career to start this company, click here.

Jiu Jitsu & Kickboxing Coach


Felicia is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athlete and competitor from Sudbury. It is while undergoing law school that she entered the BJJ competition scene. She has not stopped since and has now earned provincial, national, international and panamerican titles. Felicia's positive and encouraging spirit is contagious to everyone around her on and off the mats.

Jiu Jitsu Coach


Ashley is a muay thai fighter from Toronto. She has been training in the sport for 7 years, and has competed in Canada, the United States, and in Thai Land. Ashley is in love with the sport and the art, and all of the benefits that training provides. Outside of the ring, Ashley is a singer, a clothing designer & business owner, and a big sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.

Ashley teaches the teen kickboxing class in Scarborough.

Kickboxing Coach


Alex started wrestling at the age of 16 in her hometown of Scarborough. Now at the age of 24, she is a 2x national champion and a rising star on the Canadian national team having won Canada’s first ever U23 World Championship gold. Alex graduated from York university with a degree in Kinesiology and is now an assistant coach to the York varsity wrestling team. Off the mats she is a talented musician and artist.  Alex brings an incredible message about grit, self-belief, and determination to our students and team. 

Alex teaches once a month at each of our locations during the jiu jitsu session.

Wrestling Coach


Contact Us


Toronto, ON


Scarborough: 6 Roper Road (The Academy)

Davisville: 33 Davisville Ave (Striation 6 Gym)

Markham: 50 Torbay Road (Fight Fit Bootcamps)

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