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The Best Martial Arts for Women (and Where to Learn Them in Dubai)
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by Lydia Medeiros 2-minute read July 6, 2023

In today's day and age, the focus on female empowerment as well as personal safety is of paramount importance — which is why we rounded up the best martial arts Dubai has to offer.

In today’s society, where personal safety and female empowerment have become paramount, martial arts present an invaluable opportunity for women to cultivate strength, confidence, and resilience, as well as develop necessary and perhaps even life-saving skills. However, not all martial arts are created equal when it comes to empowering women effectively. While some practices may offer rigorous physical conditioning and practical self-defense techniques, others might fall short in addressing women’s unique needs and concerns.

To make an informed decision about which form of martial arts to pursue, women must consider several key factors. First, the practicality and effectiveness of self-defense techniques should focus on real-life scenarios, teaching women how to react swiftly and decisively in threatening situations, regardless of their size or strength. Furthermore, a martial art that promotes mental resilience and cultivates a warrior mindset is essential. Women should look for practices that not only enhance physical fitness but also nurture mental toughness, enabling them to manage stress, control fear, and make split-second decisions with confidence and composure.

Finally, finding a supportive and empowering training environment is crucial to your success. Women should seek martial arts schools that foster inclusivity, and respect, and provide a welcoming space for their personal growth. Instructors who understand and address the unique needs and concerns of women can make a significant difference in their martial arts journey.

From the dexterity of jiu-jitsu to the grace of taekwondo, these are the martial arts practices that empower women to embrace their inner warrior and emerge stronger than ever before. After all, strong is the new sexy.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian jiu-jitsu utilizes leverage and technique, allowing smaller individuals to overcome larger opponents, and emphasizes ground fighting, making it ideal for women who may need to defend themselves in close quarters. Another benefit of this type of martial art is its training for attacks by swiftly disabling the opponent or using various escape techniques. Scarlett Johansson trained relentlessly in Brazilian jiu-jitsu to prepare for her role as Black Widow in the Avengers franchise. Although Black Widow is one of the few Avengers without a superpower, her jiu-jitsu skills proved more than enough when it came to fighting an onslaught of enemies.

Want to try it? There are so many excellent Brazilian jiu-jitsu places in Dubai, but we particularly love Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy for its friendly, family-oriented environment and professional instructors.



Most women’s lower bodies are more powerful than their upper bodies, so it’s no wonder that a martial art that focuses on harnessing the strength and power of the legs would be a really good match for women. Combining elements of both boxing and martial arts kicks, the Japanese martial art of kickboxing is an excellent choice for women looking to improve their cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, and striking skills. It provides an effective full-body workout while teaching self-defense techniques.

Want to try it? Team Nogueira Dubai in Al Quoz has it all. Not only do they offer kickboxing classes, but they also offer Brazilian jiu-jitsu, judo, Muay Thai, MMA, a full fitness facility, and a health cafe. Most importantly, Team Nogueira has female instructors. Win-win.



Taekwondo focuses on high kicks, fast strikes, and fluid movements. While it does utilize hand strikes and blocking techniques, the hallmark of this Korean martial art is its dynamic footwork. It promotes discipline, flexibility, and self-confidence, so women who want to enhance their physical fitness and learn self-defense techniques within a structured and traditional setting, should definitely look into studying taekwondo.

Want to try it? WTTU Moo Duk Taekwondo is a traditional taekwondo training facility with locations in DIFC, Sports City, and Al Barari. The names ‘Moo’ and ‘Duk’ translate to ‘virtuous’ and ‘warrior,’ which are core principles of the practice.

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Muay Thai

Contrary to popular belief, women actually do train in Muay Thai and it is one of the fastest-growing martial art forms for women across the world, probably because absolutely anyone can train in Muay Thai. Known as the ‘Art of Eight Limbs,’ Muay Thai incorporates punches, kicks, knees, and elbows. It provides a high-intensity workout while teaching effective striking techniques, and can empower women by improving their physical strength, endurance, and self-defense capabilities.

Want to try it? We love Power Life Boxing in Al Quoz for its private and semi-private Muay Thai classes, as well as the strength training supplement to further enhance your practice. 

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