File - Women train as they take part in a self-defence class at a studio in Cairo January 9, 2012. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
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In the heart of Egypt's capital, an ancient Indonesian martial arts sport is helping dozens of women stand up to harassment. With the help of Indonesian students, over 1,200 women and children are learning the sport at a cultural center in Cairo.At one recent session, women wearing red uniforms paired with black head covers sat in a circle around two women exchanging kicks and punches.Pencak is the performance aspect of the discipline, while Silat is the fighting and self-defense version of the sport.
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