A SPORT that involves devastating punches and kicks, crushing elbow strikes, knee jabs and the occasional head-butt may not seem the obvious choice for women.
But teenage girls and young women in Kirklees have leapt into the ring for a series of free sessions of Thai boxing.
During the sessions, organised through the Huddersfield Connexions programme, 15 girls aged between 13 and 19 got the chance to learn kick-boxing.
They were taught at the Nongkee Pahuyuth Muay Thai School of Excellence, off Bradford Road in Dewsbury.
Connexions offers youngsters free training, education, work or leisure activities.
The kick-boxing sessions were offered to both sexes, but young men were reluctant to step forward.
Connexions worker Mandy Boatswain-Tomkin said: "It's a very physical sport. I's not something you would associate with young girls!"
But she said the 15 loved the six-week course.
Mandy added: "It's an opportunity for these young people to develop skills and raise their confidence and self-esteem. They are learning a martial art and keeping fit."
She added the course had been very successful, with 25 youngsters applying for the 15 places.