Tuff Love


Tuff Love Fitness is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing accessible and affordable self-defense, martial arts, and fitness training for people in Oakland and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area. Tuff Love were founded by a team of four female martial artists with the goal of promoting martial arts for populations that may be underserved by many traditional martial arts programs: women, the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities and assault survivors.

Tuff Love Self-Defense was founded on the belief that women of all sizes, ages, physical abilities, and cultural and economic backgrounds have the right and capability to defend themselves successfully. Tuff Love’s unique approach considers the types of attacks most commonly experienced by women, teaching self-defense techniques combined with awareness strategies to resist assault successfully.


  • Fierce and Fit: Online Women's Self-defense Class, April 17, 2021, 11-12pm. Class is free with an option to donate. Female identified ages 9+ welcome. No experience necessary. No partner required. To register, click HERE
  • April Intro to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Online Course. Four Tuesdays in April, 6:15pm-7pm. Class combines Ginastica Natural, Jiu-jitsu and self-defense. All gender welcome. Great for beginners. To register/learn more, click HERE