Survival Arts x Bayani Art

Bayani Art, one of the premier lifestyle brands of Filipino culture in the United States and throughout the diaspora, has partnered with Survival Arts to honor Warrior Queen Urduha. 

Survival Arts Academy continues the legacy of Queen Urduha by leading the first all-womxn’s Kali training group internationally. By training womxn and girls to protect their bodies from violence and sexual assault, Survival Arts works to carry on the Pinay warrior bloodline. 

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Princess Urduha, Warrior Queen of Pangasinan

A warrior queen of a matriarchal dynasty, Urduha (widely known as Princess Urduja) was a 14th century ruler of Tawalisi, in what is now known as Pangasinan. Known far and wide, she was famous for leading a retinue of women warriors who were skilled fighters, equestrians, and experts in weaponry.

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Spectrum News Channel 1 — Survival Arts Academy Brings Local Women Together Through Self-Defense Classes

“If you happen to be at the local park near Flora y Tierra in Long Beach on Saturdays, you might come across a strange scene. Once a month, 20 or so women wielding sticks can be seen on the grass.”

  • Woman teaches Filipino martial arts to women for self-defense

  • She is great niece of one of the martial art's few living masters

  • Style emphasizes the use of blades and body movements

In this local news feature, Spectrum News Channel 1 journalist Kristen Lago takes a Survival Arts training, and interviews our director.

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Long Beach Post — Survival Arts Academy Breeds Generations of Warrior Women with Ancient Filipino Martial Arts

“Warrior chants rang from the center of Gumbiner Park in the East Village early Saturday afternoon, where three long rows of women, each woman wielding a wooden stick, maneuvered in unison.”

In this article and video published in the Long Beach Post, womxn and girls train to protect their bodies from violence, while healing from sexual assault and trauma.

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#MeToo Anniversary Panel — South Asian Humanists & Rationalists of America (SAHARA)

Join Survival Arts Academy as we mark the first #MeToo Anniversary with an online panel discussion hosted by South Asian Humanists and Rationalists (SAHARA), and Freethinkers. This all-women’s online panel discussion will be featuring critical thinkers and speakers from India and the US, including Survival Arts Director, Jamie Yancovitz, on the current state of the #MeToo movement and where we can go from here.

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Huffington Post — #MeToo Shows That Women Must Learn Sexual Self-Defense

“The best way to reduce female victimhood is to teach methods of prevention and self-defense. The current moment is precious, but fragile. #MeToo can be the beginning of a sustained civil rights movement to free woman from the currently pervasive threat of sexual assault” - Allen Frances, MD.

In this article published in the Huffington Post, psychiatrist Dr. Allen Frances speaks with Survival Arts Director Jamie Yancovitz about the #MeToo movement and what women can do in response to sexual assault.

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