Schools, Organizations, Events

The schools listed below are affiliated with AWMAI through its members. 

The organizations listed are strongly supportive of AWMAI and its mission and goals.

All events welcome women and provide a welcoming environment to all attendees.

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Alameda Small Circle Jujitsu is sponsored by Alameda HS Jujitsu Alumni, a non-profit corporation. New students may begin at any time. Promotion and ranking for interested students will be available in either or both Small Circle Jujitsu and Kodenkan (Danzan Ryu) Jujitsu. Alameda Small Circle Jujitsu is sponsored by Alameda HS Jujitsu Alumni, a California non-profit corporation, qualifying as a Federal 501(c)(3) educational organization. Janice Okamoto

Chico Kodenkan, Martial and Healing Arts is a non-profit, volunteer-run traditional dojo offering Danzan Ryu Jujitsu, Nishio Ryu Toho Iaido, Aikido, Capoeira, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, and Chinese herbs. Delina Fuchs
Contact: 530-343-6551 (dojo) or 530-514-7493 (Sensei Delina Fuchs, Dojo Cho)

Makoto Kai Dojo, offers instruction in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu to adults and children. Danzan Ryu is a traditional Japanese style of jujitsu with influences of judo and a Hawaiian flair. Healing arts are also part of our core curriculum. We are located in Woodland, CA. Head Instructor: Katie Murphy Stevens.

Suigetsu Dojo offers instruction in Hakko Densho Ryu Jujutsu, Iaido, and Hojojutsu. These martial arts have roots and values are founded in the samurai traditions of Japan. Founded by Dara Masi and Melanie Fine, this school is located in Placerville, CA. Private lessons and small classes, by appointment only.
Contact:; Find us on Facebook

Wasenshi Kan Martial & Healing Arts specializes in the instruction of Danzan Ryu Jujutsu. This traditional martial art focuses on joint locking, throwing, and grappling techniques to teach self-defense, help students learn new physical skills, and bolster self confidence. It was founded by Nerissa Freeman and is located in Roseville, CA. Classes are offered to adults and children ages 7 and up.

Zujitsu-Ryu Martial Arts is a modern, effective blending of fighting styles developed for self-defense and street combat. Head female instructor, Zosia Gorbaty, offers clinics at your school in their unique “Signature Seminars.” They include Zujitsu Concepts and Drills; Fighting Rhythms; Walking Cane; F.E.S.T. (Female Empowerment & Self-defense Training).


Tat Wong Kung Fu Academy is a traditional Kung Fu school teaching Choy Lay Fut. Located in Middletown, CT, we have a staff of patient instructors who teach kids through adults, beginners through advanced black belts in a fun, challenging and supportive environment.


SWAM Martial Arts Academy: SWAM is a system that contains a combination of various traditional styles within the discipline of Karate, Kick Boxing, Kungfu, and Jujutsu. Grand Master Odette Russell
Contact:; (770) 846-1132


Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy of New England: We proudly pass on a legacy of knowledge that has been handed down for thousands of years. We teach Hua Quan Kung Fu (northern long fist) and Yang Style Tai Chi while providing a welcoming, safe, and positive environment which focuses on the development of each individual as they learn and grow at their own pace. Sije Cheyenne Lachapelle


The Peaceful Dragon School (Ann Arbor, MI)  teaching T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Chi Kung, offers self-care practices for your well-being and to reduce stress in your daily life. When you step into the safe, calm and joyful atmosphere of the school, you will feel welcomed. On-going classes, certifications, and private lessons are available. Wasentha Young.
Contact:; (734) 741-0695


F.E.M.A.-Five Element Martial Arts & Healing Center (Formerly Feminist Eclectic Martial Arts) is a non-profit organization in Minneapolis, Minnesota founded by Head Instructor & Executive Director Shifu/Sensei Koré Grate in 1989.  We offer classes for all genders- ages 4 and up- in  the art of WU CHIEN PAI-an eclectic style which traditionally practices  Gong Fu, Judo, Jujitsu, Taiji, Qigong, Meditation & Healing Arts, as well as Iaido-the Way of the Japanese Sword and the Five Fingers of Self Defense empowerment courses.  Body-Mind-Spirit development is the heart of our trainings, and our community is welcoming and supportive.
Contact FEMA: (612) 729-7233


Chinese Healing & Movement Arts offers classes and private lessons in qigong (primarily Liangong) and Wu style Taijiquan in Olympia, WA. People usually find improved body awareness, range of motion, balance and fitness as well as pain relief when practicing Liangong. Taiji at CH&MA offers a deep look at traditional movement principles that combines health (qigong) and martial arts.
Debbie Leung is owner and head instructor.
Contact:; 360-402-4305 (cell, text); Find us on Facebook

Seattle Sil Lum welcomes students of all ages, abilities and gender identifications to practice Koos' Style Taiji and Bak Sil Lum Kung Fu in Seattle, WA. Michele Miller
Contact:;  (206) 940-0216

Washington, DC

The DC Self Defense Karate Association teaches traditional Tae Kwon Do, Krav Maga, IMPACT full-contact self-defense, CDT low-force tactics, Women's Self Defense and Kid Power. Carol Middleton.

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Our Sister Organizations:

The National Women's Martial Arts Federation is a community of women who 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.

At the Pacific Association of Women Martial Artists, we believe that the martial arts have special value for women, whether pursued for self-expression, self-protection, spirituality, or physical health. We are committed to encouraging women and girls to train, and to promoting an atmosphere of respect and support for women martial artists of all styles. Membership is open to everyone who supports the full and active participation of women in the martial arts.

The American Judo and Jujitsu Federation is a worldwide organization of martial arts schools dedicated to the preservation and promulgation of the Danzan Ryu system of Jujitsu. The AJJF was founded in 1948 to carry on the teachings of Danzan Ryu founder Henry Okazaki.

The Hakko Densho Ryu Martial Arts Federation (originally the Hakkoryu Martial Arts Federation) furthers the study of Hakko Densho Ryu Jujutsu and spreads the teachings of this art throughout the world. Dara Masi, Kaiden Shihan San Dai Kichu, is the Head of Hakko Densho Ryu Jujutsu and Director of HMAF. 

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Camp Danzan-ryu takes place at Mt. Cross Camp in Ben Lomond, CA. Usually held the end of May. Multiple instructors and styles represented. Children and families welcome. 35 years and still going strong!

HMAF Gasshuku - annual training camp for all people interested in Hakko Densho Ryu Jujutsu. Many hours of intense training combined with networking and social opportunities. Guest instructors from different arts are invited each year. Held at the HMAF Hombu Dojo, Placerville CA in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Usually held in June.

NWMAF Special Training - annual martial arts, self-defense, healing arts training camp for women with "Super Saturday" open to all genders age 6 and up. Usually held in July at a college campus.

PAWMA Camp - annual camp for women and girls; usually held in August. Location varies.

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