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Asma Hasnawi and her daughter Riham spend more than 12 hours a week learning kajukenbo, a mixed martial art the mother says boosts her child's confidence and thwarts bullying.Each form teaches techniques that can be used to fend off an attack, says Hasnawi, 33, who stands in class alongside her 12-year-old daughter and other girls.'Strength and honor' Hung on the red-and-black walls of the Street Warrior Academy is a poster of two men who are practicing the sport.Some 40 men and boys also currently take part in kajukenbo classes at the club on different days from the women.For Umm Saleh, the sport has helped her twin 13-year-old daughters to become more independent and decisive. Gharib, the instructor, established the academy in 2014 after learning kajukenbo in the United States. He says he wanted to teach the sport to women back home as a way to stay fit and to defend themselves against any attack. Khalida Bashir says she was drawn to kajukenbo after watching clips of the sport online.
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