Learning self-defense is a good idea for many reasons - it's a great workout, could help keep a person safe, and of course encourages confidence. But this place in Jordan is taking the activity one step further by launching an academy for women only.
Lina Khalifeh came up with the idea and teaches at SheFighter in capital city Amman which aims to give young ladies confidence both physically and emotionally.
The venue is backed by US President Barack Obama who last year praised her in a speech after hearing she set up the academy when her friend was a victim of abuse.
Despite training ladies in martial arts, SheFighter uses special techniques in an effort to build up self-esteem and addresses violence against women from a psychological and social approach not just physically.
Offering taekwondo, kickboxing, and bootcamp-style classes to girls from a young age, the lessons range in styles with SheFit, SheCore and even SheYoga.
More than 10,000 females have passed through their doors and the testimonials alone prove that SheFighter is making a difference to women's lives in the Middle East.
"Since joining SheFighter nearly 2 years ago, my self-confidence has grown by leaps and bounds. I no longer feel helpless or panicky in tough situations; I'm much more aware of how to defend myself and those around me," Sarah Barakeh said. "Whether or not you've been exposed to violence and abuse, SheFighter is an awesome place to grow stronger, healthier, and happier."
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