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About Us

Empowerment Through Martial Arts


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. We were founded by a team of four female martial artists with the goal of promoting self and community betterment through self-defense, martial arts, and fitness for populations that may be underserved by many traditional martial arts programs: women, the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities, and assault survivors.  Our nonprofit operates three programs: Tuff Love Self-Defense, Four Elements Fitness, and Sweaty Betties Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. 


Our mission is to teach self-defense, martial arts, and fitness in a manner that promotes personal wellness, community responsibility, and social justice, providing restorative programming and resources for systematically excluded communities. 



We envision a San Francisco Bay Area in which everyone can access high-quality self-defense, martial arts and fitness training, regardless of gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, and income level.


  • Provide self-defense, martial arts, and fitness training to the public at reasonable rates

  • Provide self-defense, martial arts, and fitness training at free or discounted rates for vulnerable populations

  • Organize and host events and tournaments in alignment with our mission

  • Provide support (financial and otherwise) for valuable community causes

  • Build solidarity with other communities and organizations to address common concerns

  • Host exhibitions of art or other displays that accord with our mission

  • Provide an affordable space for groups whose missions align with ours

Board of Directors and Executive Director

  • Mollii Khangsengsing

  • Karin Spirn

  • Shaila Regan

  • David Meyer

  • Cailloux Williams

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