Mary Stevens (Athena School of Karate) lives in Oxfordshire, UK, and teaches karate and violence awareness and prevention internationally. She holds an MA from Oxford University, a 4th dan from the British Combat Karate Association and is a published author of children's martial arts fiction.
She project manages for FairFight.nl - an NGO which empowers young women in India, Zimbabwe and Zambia through the teaching of martial arts and self protection.
She specialises in self protection education for vulnerable people with a particular focus on women and children; the role of violence prevention in relationships and where there is a significant imbalance of power is a particular interest.
She is on the UK/Europe Advisory Panel for the women's self defence organisation #500Rising which originated in the USA under the leadership of Tammy Yard McCracken.
She has also trained extensively with Pamela Armitage and Richard Dimitri both in Canada and in the UK. Her approach to trauma-informed practice in all aspects of teaching has been heavily influenced by their work in this area.