Kuwaiti girls are spending more than 12 hours a week learning kajukenbo, a mixed martial art to boost confidence.
The sport's name was derived from the various forms of martial arts it includes: Karate (KA), judo and jujitsu (JU), kenpo (KEN) and boxing (BO).
Each form teaches techniques that can be used to fend off an attack.
More than 120 girls and women between the ages of four and 50 participate in the Kuwait Martial Arts Academy which teaches different kajukenbo classes held in a room with training weapons lining its walls.
The academy, which has a strict confidentiality policy, has become a safe haven for many girls and women that have been victims of assault or bullying.