October 2002 a group of women from Kentish town, all of who were survivors of some form of domestic violence, agreed that
they needed to take positive action and learn to defend themselves.
enlisted the help of professional martial artist Barry McGinley, who not only gave them a lot of sound advice but also offered
to teach them.
devised a programme of training that not only taught practical self-defence, but also developed strength fitness, and self-confidence.
As most of the women were single mothers, childcare was a significant issue. It was recognised that free crèche was
essential so that the women could be able to focus on their own self-development without worrying about their children.