Warrior Sisters aim to free women from sexual violence

- A national organization is making its way to Philadelphia this weekend to host a self-defense workshop by and for women.

Warrior Sisters, a nonprofit self-defense organization, came to fruition in 2013 thanks to a small group of women who believe that free, empowerment-based, women-centered self-defense education should be available to every woman.

On Sunday, the group will offer its first free self-defense training in Center City.

The two hour workshop will include an introductory warm up and session of striking techniques, followed by reality-based verbal and physical self-defense techniques, including setting boundaries, claiming space and physical escapes.

"Women are often taught to be quiet to be silent and not to take up much space," Mandi Bompensa, a Warrior Sisters volunteer, told FOX 29. "Warrior Sisters is empowerment-based in that they go directly against that."

The organization continues to grow across the country, with the prevalence of the #MeToo Movement adding to an already burgeoning class of empowered women learning to hone its voice.

While other self-defense trainings may focus exclusively on the physical aspect of self-defense, Warrior Sisters' seminars aim to integrate a more comprehensive range of skills—including verbal skills, awareness training, confidence-building and de-escalation—Bompensa said.


The seminar will be held from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Stay Fly Muay Thai. All women are welcome and encouraged to attend free of charge.

To support Warrior Sisters or learn more about the organization, see here.

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