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A community by and for women in the martial arts

  • Do you love martial arts?
  • Do you teach or study self-defense?
  • Are you a healing arts practitioner?
  • Do you love your art and dream of sharing it with other women?
  • Do you want to experience a supportive learning environment?
  • Do you want to further the participation of women and girls in these arts?

You are in the right place.

The NWMAF is a community of women who, like yourself, train in martial and healing arts and self-defense. From Aikido to Zujitsu, empty-hand to weapons, self-defense to healing arts, our members span the gamut. Join us!

NWMAF members reap the benefits of practice and study of our health, self-confidence, physical fitness, and stress management. Some of us have been training over many decades, others just a few months. Yet we can all come together and train.

To that end, every summer the NWMAF puts on a Special Training and Self-Defense Instruction Conference. You choose from a variety of classes. Each day brings many sessions and several options: a “hard style” class, “soft style” class, mat art, self-defense, healing arts, and weapons. Expert trainers tailor their teaching for a wide range of students – from beginners to experts.

Take a look around this website, and feel free to contact us with any questions. We are looking forward to meeting you!

The NWMAF is a collection of remarkable women connected by a common passion. I joined the organization in 2004 and attended my first conference in 2006. Since then, I have discovered the infinite variety of individuals that make up the women in martial arts.


As chair, I have the good fortune to communicate and team up with accomplished women from all over the world. These women have inspired young people to a passion that changes their lives and spreads positive energy like a drop of water in a pond that ripples outward.


I see the positive change martial arts has created in my life and the lives of students I teach.


The vision I have for the NWMAF, is that we continue to fulfill our mission of empowering women through martial arts and self-defense training, by encouraging everyday participation at local schools and training centers.


--Teddie Linder, Chair, December 2013

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