Women Martial Artists and Self Defense Instructors

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Teachers' Lounge

Join us for a roundtable discussion of essential topics 

Zoom Sunday Aug 18, 3 pm CT

2025 AWMAI Conference

April 4 - 6,
Columbus, Ohio

Mark Your Calendar!

Dara Masi

Dara Masi and Melanie Fine, 2016

We're Here to Empower You
Professionally and Personally

A worldwide network of accomplished and high-aspiring women, we share a passion for martial arts, and a genuine desire to see each other succeed.  Together we can help you: 

  • Bring your martial arts business to a new level
  • Elevate your teaching skills
  • Improve your leadership abilities
  • Open up paths for learning and advancement
  • Gain recognition for your rank and achievements
We welcome  all styles and branches of martial arts and self defense, and all levels of teaching experience – from newcomer, to part-time, to seasoned professional. Join Us!

AWMAI 2023

AWMAI 2023

Teaching the Teacher:
Sharing our Knowledge

Our premier annual event is a conference focused on the needs of instructors and school owners, promoting excellence and high ethical standards. Attendees enjoy a variety of lecture, discussion, and “moving classroom” experiences, taught by women highly skilled in such areas as curriculum development; business, sales, and marketing; pedagogy; and more – not to mention a wide range of physical arts. Read more...

In addition, the annual conference is a showcase for honorees of our Hall of Fame, Rank Promotion, and Rank Recognition programs.

Hall of Fame logo

The Coveted Hall of Fame Award:
Honoring our Colleagues

We value and honor women whose exceptional dedication and longevity in martial arts exemplify the highest potential of every woman and girl. Our annual Hall of Fame Banquet celebrates women with 30 or more years of continuous training.

Do you meet this criterion, or do you know someone who does?  – a teacher, colleague, or friend? We accept nominations year-round. Take a look at the full requirements, and get ready to apply or nominate someone for the AWMAI Hall of Fame.

“Great conference; great connections; excellent classes; and even better colleagues. Wow. Thanks all for giving of your knowledge and of your selves”.
-Sensei Delina Fuchs

“Thank you so much for all the work you do for this amazing community. AWMAI was a great experience for me and I'm so glad I made the last-minute decision to come. I felt so honored and humbled to learn from so many inspiring women like yourself. I can't thank you enough.”
- Sifu Melanie Sokolowsky


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