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MMA fighter starts self-defence workshops for women

Tataina Quinn (left) at one of her first wins for mixed martial arts at Australia's first all-female MMA show, Brace For Girls, at the Gold Coast 2012.

Professional mixed martial arts cage fighter Tataina Quinn is bringing a women's empowerment self-defence program to Bundaberg.

Tataina has a wealth of knowledge, having been involved in the sport for over 25 years.

“Since the age of 10, I have trained in kickboxing, boxing, judo, Systema and Jiu Jitsu, which led to my mixed martial arts career,” Tataina said.

“My sister died aged 39 of cancer before my first pro fight so my first fight was not an option to lose the battle, it was dedicated to her.”

Having travelled the world for MMA, Tataina said she had a good understanding of how people could benefit from learning a few defensive moves in everyday life.

“Self-defence is important for everybody, not just women, because living in an imperfect world can put us into dangerous situations at any point in time,” she said.

“Having the confidence and the ability to protect yourself and your family should be a priority no matter what.”

Tataina said she had run multiple self-defence programs around Australia and was now bringing classes to Bundaberg with the help of not-for-profit organisation Raw Awakening.

“Bundaberg is lacking in women-only self-defence classes with a female instructor,” she said.

“Women's self-defence is designed to raise consciousness of self-awareness and improve your ability in mental and physical strength to defend yourself so that you can be prepared for any potentially dangerous situation.

“This self-defence class will help you build your self-esteem, self-confidence and your self-defence techniques using basic, common-sense fighting skills.”

Tataina said it didn't matter your fitness level, the program was available for everyone.

“Even if you have an injury that can deter you from this type of workshop, we can facilitate that,” she said.

“You never know when something may happen and its always better to know self-defense and be prepared.”

Partnership helps to start self-defence program

Tataina said the Women’s Empowerment Self-Defence Program had been made possible through the partnership with Raw Awakening.

The new, not-for-profit organisation works to bring a range of community programs to the region.

“Without Raw Awakening providing a space and opportunity for this program, this would not have existed in Bundaberg,” she said.

The self-defence workshops starts on Wednesday, 11 March at 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Shed 4, 121 George Street, Bundaberg.

Classes will cost $5 per person aged 15 years and over with the whole program set for a 10-week duration.

To find out more or to sign up, email