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Lina Khalifeh: SheFighter

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Lina Khalifeh talks about her career practicing taekwondo and teaching self-defense to women in the Middle East.

When Lina Khalifeh was young, all she wanted to do was play sports with the boys in her neighborhood in Jordan. But the boys bullied her, and her family punished her for getting into fights. That’s when Lina’s mother signed her up to learn taekwondo. Later, with 20 national and international gold medals under her belt, Lina became frustrated with the violence against women she saw all around her. She started SheFighter, the first women-only self-defense school in the Middle East. Lina works with women all over the world to teach self-defense and inspire them to take on active roles in society. Since its first studio opened in 2012, SheFighter has trained more than 25,000 women in 35 countries.

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