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WOMEN'S SELF DEFENSE

By Girls Who Fight

In Depth Course

Developed by professional MMA fighters, our four part course teaches women the most effective defenses to the most common attacks from standing, to being grabbed, to when on the ground. 

Taught by Female Fighters

We hire local female martial artists to teach our course to their communities. Our instructors lead with energy, positivity, and  years of competitive experience.

By Girls Who Fight

Ontario-wide

We partner with gyms all across Ontario to make self defense available to as many women as possible.

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THE COURSE

Our 4 part course covers self defense techniques from all common positions and situations. 

DAY 1:

DEFENSE WHEN STANDING

Learn how to defend yourself when standing, including how to keep a proper stance and move, create distance from someone, defend strikes, and use strikes properly.

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DAY 2 : 

DEFENDING GRABS

Learn how to defend the first points of contact: wrist grabs, waist grabs, front chokes, head locks, and hair pulls.

DAY 3 :

ON THE GROUND

Learn how to escape dangerous positions on the ground, how to defend strikes from the ground, and how to create distance from someone on top of you to stand up.

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DAY 4 :

SUBMISSIONS

Learn how to use submissions safely and effectively including arm locks, chokes, and other joint locks. 

What Women Are Saying

"Did a self defence workshop today. It was practical and easy to follow. Gemma is amazingly patient and funny too. She has a way of putting the participants at ease. The overall atmosphere is positive, respectful and motivating."

— Alexandra S.

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STAND YOUR GROUND is a proud supporter of Toronto Women's Shelters

 

5% of all SYG proceeds go straight to supporting local women in need.  

Our Story

The Origins of Stand Your Ground.

Stand Your Ground was founded by ex-MMA fighter Gemma Sheehan. As a rising athlete with a record of 5-1, a Pan Am gold in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and nominated for best up and coming female fighter internationally, Gemma was advised to stop fighting due to emerging visible brain damage. She then started Girls Who Fight Inc, building a leading self defense and martial arts program for females in Canada. Today, Stand Your Ground, Camp Hero, and Girls Who Fight bring self defense programs to different audiences, while employing local female athletes who share their incredible skills. Our overarching goal is to help women and girls gain mental and physical strength that will help them succeed in the world. 

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Scarborough: 6 Roper Road

Davisville: 33 Davisville Ave 

Markham: 50 Torbay Road

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