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Pink Belt Project provides martial arts scholarships to women in need – particularly women healing from the trauma of domestic abuse and/or sexual assault.

Scholarships cover one year of training in any of the Traditional Martial Arts at the recipient’s nearest local club. Scholarships are provided through fundraising, corporate donors and sponsorship by martial arts clubs.

Pink Belt Project was started in 2018 by West Australian Black Belt mum Kristy Hitchens who was inspired by the journey of a friend impacted by domestic violence. Pink Belt Project became an Incorporated Association in early 2021 and a Board of Management was appointed soon after. You can read more about the Board here.

Applications are now open for 2022 Pink Belt Scholarships. If you are interested in applying, visit our For Women page of the website.

You might also like to read the powerful stories by Pink Belt Scholarship recipients about the impact their training is having on their lives. And if you have any questions, feel free to email Project Founder Kristy Hitchens ( or message the FB page.