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How this Vancouver martial arts academy is helping women protect themselves (VIDEO)

Public safety remains a concern, following the disappearance of two local women.

A Vancouver martial arts academy is training more women to prioritize their safety these days, following a spike in concerns after the recent disappearance of two local women.

Elements Academy's Mysha Dewar-McClelland says, "Over the past couple of months we've definitely seen a higher number of emails about where and how people can learn self-defence, and the majority of them are coming from women or parents for their daughters." 

The academy offers a range of recognized martial arts for youth and adults of any gender. The aim of Elements Academy of Martial Arts is to build a supportive and inclusive community where people can pursue technical training in a safe and respectful environment. 

The group has had to modify classes during the pandemic by moving to outdoor, private, and online sessions.