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Kanata martial arts academy fights violence against women by promoting self-defence skills

“I can just picture breaking his nose,” said an attendee at the Kanata Academy of Martial Arts’ women’s self-defence class, as she struck a foam pad with her elbow. Women all around her were smiling and showing their emotional and physical strength as they attended the event — held on Nov. 25 as the world was marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.