Founded 2013 by Patty (Stein) Stonefish upon realizing the healing benefits of women's self-defense in her own life & wanted others to experience the same sense of self-empowerment.
As a survivor of sexual assault, Stonefish credits a large part of her healing to her journey with martial arts & women's self-defense.
Indigenous women across the United States & Canada face rates of sexual assault 2.5 - 3.5 times higher than that of their non-Native counterparts.
It is estimated 1 in 3 Indigenous women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. However, a study done by Amnesty International found that 90% of Indigenous women had experienced sexual assault.
Violence against Indigenous women is an epidemic.
With the high rates of Indigenous women facing sexual assault, there is a lot of healing to be done - for the self, family, community, nation.
Arming Sisters courses do not teach women’s self-defense through the lens of prevention - but through the lens of healing.
It is not taught as prevention because women’s self-defense taught as prevention only feeds into the cycle of rape culture through victim blaming.
When utilized properly, women’s self-defense can be a powerful tool of healing.
* Who "we" are at the moment is more so, who "I" am.
I am beyond excited to take the next step in this journey & grow Arming Sisters not only into a team, but a family.
Patty comes from a strong line of matriarchs - Lakota, Russian, & Polish.
She is the founder & joint lock ninja behind Arming Sisters.
Born in North Dakota & raised throughout the countryside Stonefish has over a decade of martial arts & women's self-defense experience.
She has utilized these journeys to change the way women's self-defense is applied.
Aside from martial arts, her mind has been shaped through; extensive world travel, completion of her BA in Veterinary Science, yoga teacher training, & activism across Indian Country.
She believes in unicorns, breaking down barriers, healing, culture, & above all, humanity.
Women’s self-defense isn’t all about eye gouging, throat punches, and striking. It’s about reawakening empowerment, self-love, and ownership of body…or at least it should be.
Self; empowerment, love, and ownership of body…three things that are very hard to keep up when you’re a woman in today’s society. You may not even notice it anymore, but everywhere you look, women are told how to dress, act, speak, etc. Magazine headlines read "Change yourself today!", we see it in movies, hear it on the radio – or even at home. When a woman is attacked, the "guidelines" and "rules" multiply. "Why was she out that late?", "She shouldn’t have been wearing that.", "She was flirting too much.", "She shouldn’t have gotten so drunk."…the list goes on.
When used properly, women's self-defense can be a beautiful tool of healing.
How does one properly utilize women's self-defense? One of the greatest ways to empower the mind, is through physical action. This is why working out in general is highly recommended, because it actually creates new connections in your brain. Those new connections are healing. For example, after you’ve been through an attack, you tend to feel, aside from many other emotions, weak…those feelings of weakness get questioned once you have a 6’4" 240lb man on the ground with a flick of your wrist. It isn’t just about regaining a feeling of strength – It’s about regaining yourself.
It’s not about walking strong to detour an attacker, it’s about walking strong because you are powerful, and you should feel that in every fiber of your being.
It’s not about learning the difference between a yell and a scream, it’s about being vocal in your daily life and remembering how to use your voice.
It’s not about trusting your gut instinct to tell you when someone is going to attack you, it’s about trusting your intuition because it builds a strong relationship with yourself – mind, body, and soul.
It’s about knowing you are not a victim, but a warrior.
Women’s self-defense won’t bring empowerment to you…you are already empowered.
It only seeks to reawaken it.
Courses are open & welcoming to ALL.
Regardless of gender identity, sexual preference, ethnicity etc...you only need be an Earthling.