This Brazilian Martial Arts School Helps Women and LGBT People

By: Alyson Wyers - Mar 26, 2017
References: facebook & springwise
This martial arts school and non-profit organization based in Rio de Janeiro caters to the LGBT community. Piranhas Team offers self-defence classes for female sex workers and LGBT people in response to Brazil's poor record with violence. Brazil has one of the highest rates of murder and domestic violence against LGBT individuals. Violence against women is also a pressing problem.

The martial arts school teaches Krav Maga techniques -- a system of self-defence designed for the Israel Defence Forces that combines other fighting elements such as boxing and judo.

While many gyms might offer female self-defence classes or be fitness centers catering specifically to women, the approach of Piranhas Team is inclusive for a marginalized segment of the population, including prostitutes.