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Who Is Artemis?

Artemis evolved in response to the critical need for practical, fail-safe self defense for my friends who were most vulnerable - trans people, sex workers, people of color, gender non-conforming people, gays, lesbians, teens and kids, people with disabilities, people of faith, the elderly, immigrants, people active in their addictions, college students, (particularly women,) survivors of violence, and all others who suffer from violence, marginalization and oppression.

Elena Waldman Executive Director and Primary Instructor

Elena (aka Sempai Elena) {they/them} has been training and teaching for more than 25 years.  They were first introduced to Empowerment Self Defense at The Center for Anti-Violence Education, (then called Brooklyn Women's Martial Arts,) under Sensei Annie Ellman.

They are a proud member of the National Women's Martial Arts Federation and the Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors 

They were awarded her black belt in MKD (Kyokushin) Karate and  has advanced training in Shotokan and Goju.  They have studied self defense with some of the most respected teachers in the field - Shihan Linda Ramzy and Zosia Gorbaty, to name a few. 

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