A kick-ass practical guide that packs a major punch ... without even throwing one! Self-defense lecturer and no-nonsense blonde bombshell Lori Gervasi lays out simple actions and important decisions women must make BEFORE they find themselves in physical danger to eliminate surprise and panic. It's an unfortunate reality that women are susceptible to random acts of aggression, from sexual harassment and stalking to physical assaults, domestic violence, date rape and worse. But women can learn how to protect and defend themselves -- with this groundbreaking guidebook. Let martial arts black belt and accomplished journalist Lori Hartman Gervasi walk you through easy-to-follow, everyday steps for taking charge of your personal safety, training your reflexes, and -- if and when the time comes -- using force. Her program consists of 26 potentially life-saving decisions that every woman must make, including: DECIDE TO BELIEVE IN YOUR FIGHT – Battles are waged from the inside out. Your conscience, intelligence, and guts must be committed to the cause. You and those you love are the things worth fighting for. DECIDE TO DEVISE A STRATEGY – Create a one-way ticket out of every imaginable circumstance, from back-door escape routes to getaways in public places. Think "what-if...?", plan for the unexpected, and be ready for anything! DECIDE TO RECOGNIZE THE THREAT OF THE INITIAL ATTACK – When practicing awareness, you can detect danger before it happens. The bad guy will take steps to get close to you. Watch carefully and identify these for what they are—the preludes to an attack. DECIDE TO MOVE – If an attacker strikes, don't freeze—get moving! Break through your fear with instant mobility. You have limitless options and any movement works as long as it leads to your safety. DECIDE TO ACT ON YOUR INSTINCTS – Your intuition is your guide, but you must respond physically in order to be successful. When something isn't right, take action, change plans, redirect yourself, and control your destiny! ...along with Defense Do's And Don'ts, inspiring "Power Points," and other survival tactics that can help you to be prepared, stay strong, and FIGHT LIKE A GIRL...AND WIN
Have you been attacked, stalked, or abused? Are you in a relationship where you fear being yelled at or hit when things aren't perfect? Are you becoming aware of how much violence is in our world and how it can reach out and grab you and your family any second? What can you do about it? You can Fight Like A Girl! Jump in with international award-winning self-defense expert Kym Rock and learn step-by-step how not to be a victim of abuse or violence. This is a hard-hitting book that will teach you how to act differently to avoid dangerous situations and what to do to get out of one. Real situations. Real escape. Real prevention. Now is the time to be free and find out what it really means to Fight Like a Girl!
**This is a 3-part novella series** MMA is no place for a girl - unless that girl is Max Brady. Growing up around the ring as the daughter of a famous fighter, she finally takes her place in the MMA world after her father’s mysterious disappearance. Deciding to fight was the easy part - she never imagined finding a good trainer would be her biggest obstacle. Kingston Lawrence was a rising star in the MMA world, until a knee injury forced him to the other side of the fight. He thought three rounds in the ring was hard, but nothing compares to the battle of training and taming Max. Her sexy body makes up for her sarcastic mouth, and it isn’t long before he wants to be more than just her trainer. But Kingston has a secret, one that could ruin both their lives. He can train Max for a fight, but nothing can prepare them for what happens when that secret is revealed.
Kung Fu for Girls is a funky, handbag-sized guide full of self-defence techniques for use in everyday situations. Being hassled at the bar? Is the man on the bus getting too close for comfort? This book is a great ally for anyone needing to get out of such tricky situations with style and a lot of humour. Martial arts coach Simon Harrison uses step-by-step directions and his own dynamic colour illustrations to guide readers through the basics of self-defence so that, with practice, demeanour alone will be enough to deter potential attackers. In empowering sections such as "Give Him the Elbow" and "Palm Strikes," Harrison's strategies emphasize the efficiency of technique in overcoming brute force and are ideal for women and people of small stature.
Living as a teenage girl is hard enough for middle schoolers. Living a godly life is even more difficult! It helps to learn from someplace other than culture and media. You can help show young girls how to live as godly young women.Becoming...book 2 is an eight-week study that will show girls how to live as godly women in the midst of the everyday life issues they face. With games, activities, quizzes, projects and crafts, movie clips, music, and stories, you’ll have your girls engaged in a study that will help them figure out how to live life as the women of God they are. In this study, your small group of middle school girls will:• know who they are, and what they’re capable of• learn to deal with pain and disappointment• grow spiritually• discover how to deal with friends, guys, and parents• find out how to become a woman of GodWalk with your middle school girls as they discover what it looks like to live as godly young women.
The story is set during the 1970,s and early eighties about the British Fire Service as seen through the eyes of an operational city fire fighter. It tells of the humour, the horrors and the heroics that the job involves, and of the wives and families who provide the support when the job becomes that much more stressful. It is not an autobiography but is written as a novel. Although the incidents described, are based on events that the author confronted or knew took place,they have been altered slightly to create a more interesting read.
'A genuinely impressive debut. Boxer Handsome does everything great fiction should... revealing a world that most people will never even think about. If you can't see what it is that people need from boxing, or why it somehow persists into the 21st century, then read this' -- Guardian Boxing runs in Bobby’s blood. His Irish dad was a boxer. So was his Jewish grandfather. Yanked up by their collars at Clapton Bow Boys Club, taught how to box and stay out of trouble. So Bobby knows he shouldn’t be messing in street brawls a week before his big fight with Connor ‘the Gypsy Boy’, an Irish traveller from around the way. They’re fighting over Theresa: a traveller girl with Connor’s name all over her. But Bobby’s handsome, like his dad; boxer handsome. For Bobby, the ring is everywhere and he can’t afford to lose.
For some time, reality TV, talk shows, soap-operas, and sitcoms have turned their spotlights on women and girls who thrive on competition and nastiness. Few fairytales lack the evil stepmother, wicked witch, or jealous sister. Even cartoons feature mean and sassy girls who only become sweet and innocent when adults appear. And recently, popular books and magazines have turned their gaze away from ways of positively influencing girls' independence and self-esteem and towards the topic of girls' meanness to other girls. What does this say about the way our culture views girlhood? How much do these portrayals affect the way girls view themselves? In Girlfighting, psychologist and educator Lyn Mikel Brown scrutinizes the way our culture nurtures and reinforces this sort of meanness in girls. She argues that the old adage “girls will be girls”—gossipy, competitive, cliquish, backstabbing— and the idea that fighting is part of a developmental stage or a rite-of-passage, are not acceptable explanations. Instead, she asserts, girls are discouraged from expressing strong feelings and are pressured to fulfill unrealistic expectations, to be popular, and struggle to find their way in a society that still reinforces gender stereotypes and places greater value on boys. Under such pressure, in their frustration and anger, girls (often unconsciously) find it less risky to take out their fears and anxieties on other girls instead of challenging the ways boys treat them, the way the media represents them, or the way the culture at large supports sexist practices. Girlfighting traces the changes in girls' thoughts, actions and feelings from childhood into young adulthood, providing the developmental understanding and theoretical explanation often lacking in other conversations. Through interviews with over 400 girls of diverse racial, economic, and geographic backgrounds, Brown chronicles the labyrinthine journey girls take from direct and outspoken children who like and trust other girls, to distrusting and competitive young women. She argues that this familiar pathway can and should be interrupted and provides ways to move beyond girlfighting to build girl allies and to support coalitions among girls. By allowing the voices of girls to be heard, Brown demonstrates the complex and often contradictory realities girls face, helping us to better understand and critique the socializing forces in their lives and challenging us to rethink the messages we send them.
Boyhood, Baseball, and the Struggle for Redemption in the Inner City
Author: Jonathan Schuppe
Pubpsher: Henry Holt and Company
Category: Social Science
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist follows an embattled Little League team in inner-city Newark, New Jersey, revealing the complex realities of urban life in one of America's most dangerous cities When Rodney Mason, an ex-con drug dealer from Newark's rough South Ward, was shot and paralyzed, he vowed to turn his life around. A former high-school pitching ace with a 93 mph fastball, Mason decided to form a Little League team to help boys avoid the street life that had claimed his youth and mobility. Predictably, the players struggle—they endure poverty, unstable family lives with few positive male role models, failing schools, and dangerous neighborhoods—but through the fists and tears, lopsided losses and rare victories, this bunch of misfits becomes a team, and in doing so gives the community something to root for. With in-depth reporting, fascinating characters, and vivid prose, Jonathan Schuppe's A Chance to Win is both a penetrating, true-to-life portrait of what's at stake for kids growing up poor in America's inner cities and a portrait of Newark itself, a struggling city that has recently known great hope as well as failure.