Ryhana Dawood is the head female instructor of UMMA Martial Arts and has been training in Shotokan Karate and ITF Taekwondo for nearly 20 years. She currently teaches two female-only classes in Scarborough.
Ryhana is also the head instructor and founder of Martial Smarts, a non-profit organization focused on promoting physical and mental wellness as well as female empowerment through self-defense. Since 2008, Ryhana has worked with over a thousand women across the GTA and overseas leading self-defense workshops for many underprivileged groups including victims of gender-based violence, street children and orphans.
She has also run several campus safety workshops at multiple universities and held self-defense seminars at conferences. She recently completed medical school at Western University and is currently completing residency at the University of Toronto.
Sister Kashmala QasimB.Sc., M.Sc., | PhD Candidate (Psychology) | Pastoral Counselling (Level I)
Kashmala Qasim completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology from the University of Toronto and completed a Masters in Neuroscience from McMaster University, with a focus on mental health and obesity. She has also completed the Taleem ul Qu’ran Diploma course from Al Huda Institute, and is currently teaching there.
Kashmala has been a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the Islamic Online University, and has also received Level 1 Pastoral Counselling training from the University of Toronto. Kashmala is also the founder and lead of SPICES Community Engagement at McMaster University, through which she conducted several healthy active living workshops in the community and provided family and marriage counselling sessions. She is now pursuing a PhD at York University in Social Psychology.
Kashmala’s research interests include: Socio-cultural challenges faced by the Muslim community in accessing mental health care, coping mechanisms used by Syrian refugees and developing an Islamic model of psychotherapy.
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