Fight Like a Girl

By Della O'Sullivan

A Self Defence Handbook

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If the world were a fairer place all men would respect women. They would know what ‘no’ means and never take advantage, abuse, or assault women and girls.

Education for men and boys on how to treat women is so important, and so are stricter laws, but unfortunately we’re not there yet; there were over 1.2 million reports of violent crime in the year leading up to lockdown, according to the Office of National Statistics, and unfortunately there has been a rise in violence toward women and girls. One in three women have experienced some form of sexual harassment or assault in their lives.

It is frustrating that society talks far more about what women need to do in order not to be attacked and not enough about men's behaviour. But until society changes, women should be able to move confidently through our lives and learning a few skills to protect ourselves against the unexpected will help us. Fight Like a Girl is a book about empowerment. It's about knowing that you can and will know what to do if someone oversteps your boundaries.

So, what should you do if you are faced with violence? Do you know how to prevent, avoid or at worst defend yourself against an attack? Do you know where or how to strike in self-defence? This book is designed to help you learn, remember and most importantly apply the best tools, concepts and techniques to handle a variety of situations.

Fight Like a Girl covers everything from how to use items you might carry with you every day to how to escape a physical attacker. Each subject offers a set of easy-to-remember principles, applied alongside techniques designed not to fail you. They are the most efficient way to defeat someone who is much larger and stronger. It will cover:

- Awareness and prevention – it’s always better to know how to spot potential danger rather than having to defend yourself.

- How the right mindset can go a long way; how to adapt your thinking to any situation.

- Domestic abuse – dealing with common scenarios and how to seek help.

- Finding confidence – knowing you can overcome an attacker is half the battle.

- Basic principles of self-defence – how to react when facing physical attack.

- Every day objects - how using them can aid you in a life or death situation.

Della O’Sullivan is a martial arts expert and a specialist in women’s self-defence and street defence. She is five feet tall and petite, and has tested everything she teaches in her workshops, seminars and regular classes against larger male attackers. Della is a firm believer in turning pain into power. She has been there and knows what it feels like. In Fight Like a Girl, her first book, she shares her methods and tools to help others develop the strength and mentality to survive and be OK.

Della’s goal is to make sure that readers feel empowered on the inside and equipped on the outside. Physical attacks are rare, and no woman should be frightened to live her life. But if you are faced with a potentially violent situation, this book will help keep you three steps ahead.

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  • Approx. 208 pages and 40,000 words
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    Si-Fu Della O’Sullivan is a survivor of very real violence from a stalker in her late teens. She was later introduced to martial arts as a young single mother who needed to feel safe and able to protect herself and her son. She was training to be a legal secretary but fell in love with martial arts and changed her career path for good.


    Della started teaching in 2007 after training for the equivalent average hours of four years in one. She opened her first school in Dulwich, south London, where she continues to teach. She has also taught children of all ages and learning abilities, run women’s self-defence classes, workshops and courses, taught specialist bodyguard classes and led public demonstrations in the UK and abroad.


    In 2011, she performed on stage to a packed audience at the Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng, China, alongside the legendary Shaolin Monks, and in 2016 she launched her ‘Fight Like a Girl’ campaign and tour, running workshops to encourage more women to take up self-defence. She has since taught hundreds of women across the country, raised thousands of pounds for local women’s refuges and been interviewed on national news about the campaign.


    Della is the founder of the martial arts association ‘Phoenix Eye Wing Tsun Association’, which is built upon strong moral virtues connected to the Chinese Phoenix and the approach that every person who studies martial arts should have the dual goal to develop themselves internally and spiritually. Sifu Della is one of very few female association leaders in the world.

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    KUNG FU PRINCIPLE: ‘Find the positive in the negative’.

    In a crisis, I think it’s fair to say we all have a tendency to focus on the negatives. But as desperate as circumstances may seem, no matter how big or how intimidating your attacker may be, there is always an advantage if you know what to look for.

    Here are some potential advantages in the disadvantages you may see:

    Disadvantage : An attacker is more likely to target women because they feel more confident that you will not fight back.

    Advantage : They don’t expect you to fight back, so you have the element of surprise.

    Disadvantage : We often carry things (especially mothers) so our hands can be occupied. This could give the attacker the idea that you are an easy target for mugging.

    Advantage : We carry more things – knowing how to use everyday objects gives you weapons you could utilise as an equaliser.

    Disadvantage: We may be out wearing heels which are difficult to run in.

    Advantage: Heels are one of the top weapons for self-defence, just hold them in your hand when travelling home and keep a pair of foldable, flat pumps in your purse to swap over.

    Disadvantage : He has grabbed both my hands and I feel stuck.

    Advantage : He has also tied up both of his weapons, exposed his most vital targets and brought them into closer proximity – this book will teach you how to isolate your nervous system and access other unexpected weapons.

    EXAMPLES OF POSITIVE VS NEGATIVE THINKING:

    · He is stronger than me BUT I know how to use his strength against him

    · I am being grabbed on both shoulders BUT my elbows, wrists, fingers and legs are free and he has tied up both his hands.

    · He is very close, aggressive and scary BUT he is distracted, in close proximity, and doesn’t expect me to react.

    · He might hit me BUT I will do everything necessary to go home alive.

    IF A PHYSICAL ATTACH FEELS IMMINENT, KEEP IN MIND: REACT

    Run – if you have time, know where to run.

    If it is safe to avoid a situation by running, and if you can run, find the nearest shops or somewhere busy to run to, don’t just run aimlessly. You can literally jump on a parked car or van and start jumping and screaming, setting off alarms and letting people know where you are. If they try to climb up, you have the advantage of being above them.

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  • 19th July 2021 The Journey So Far....

    So, we have reached 14% of funding in the first week!!! 

    I just wanted to say a huge THANK-YOU, to all those who have made pledges, and I am so excited to start the rewards process once the book is funded, especially the workshops and one to ones. :) 

     And this first week has not only had growth in the funding, but also in the vision... :)

    Interacting with some of you has really allowed me…

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