Annie Ellman is cofounder of The Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE), formerly Brooklyn Women’s Martial Arts. Ellman began teaching martial arts in 1973 as a part of her commitment to social justice. She designed CAE’s programs and curricula, both of which have impacted thousands of women, LGBT individuals, teens, children, and survivors of violence. She has trained more than 200 women to teach self-defense, and has consulted with many organizations initiating anti-violence programming.
Annie Ellman teached tai chi at CAE and to cancer survivors at St. Luke’s Hospital. She also offers anti-violence workshops for women in prison. Through her classes, Ellman has helped thousands of individuals find their own inner power.