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New Wrestling Sessions Empower Women in Blackburn


Organizers of pioneering wrestling sessions for women in Blackburn expressed their delight at the overwhelming response to the initiative. Over the weekend, a remarkable turnout of 36 participants gathered at the Bangor Street Community Centre to engage in the ‘Empowering Women through Sunnah Sport Wrestling’ classes, led by a qualified coach.

The free sessions, supported by British Wrestling, not only introduce women to the sport but also aim to equip them with essential self-defense skills. Spearheading the event is Zaynab Jogi (Zee), the sole female wrestling coach in Lancashire, representing Z’s Defence Academy. The term ‘Sunnah’ refers to the traditions and practices of the Prophet Muhammad, serving as a guiding model for Muslims.

Reflecting on the significance of this initiative, Zee remarked, “By embracing this traditional form of physical activity, participants not only embrace a unique sport but also connect with a rich cultural and historical heritage. Sunnah sport wrestling offers women an empowering platform to nurture strength, resilience, and a sense of community.”

Further sessions are scheduled to commence from April 21, following the conclusion of Ramadan, illustrating a continued commitment to fostering inclusivity and empowerment among women. Z’s Defence Academy (ZDA), operating within Blackburn with Darwen, remains dedicated to supporting women of all ages.

The group’s impactful work has garnered recognition, notably receiving the prestigious ‘2023 Charity of the Year’ award at the She Inspires Awards. This honor underscores their contributions in building confidence, serving as role models for youth, supporting vulnerable individuals, and assisting the elderly.

Zee’s commitment to empowerment extends beyond the wrestling arena, demonstrated by her participation in challenging treks and notable achievements, including setting a new Guinness record during a two-week expedition in Tanzania in 2021.

For those interested in joining the female-only wrestling sessions visit www.zsdefenceacademy.co.uk.

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