FIGHT Like A Girl was launched in July by Christine Eriksen and Ann du Plessis, who between them, have over 12 years’ martial arts experience. The duo run self-defence seminars for women in Hillcrest and corporate and private seminars at their premises. Du Plessis told Fever that their seminars focus on education. “The best form of self-defence is to never allow yourself to get into a bad situation. “This is followed by empowerment, where we teach basic, easy-to-remember techniques you will use naturally should you ever need to.” She said they have both been on a number of self-defence courses and found the common thread was that the techniques taught were too complicated.“We have also realised that a lot of women are uncomfortable with the idea of having a man teach them self-defence as they feel intimidated. “Fight Like A Girl was developed specifically for women and is taught by women.”Du Plessis said there is a need for self-defence due to the crime statistics in South Africa. “We want women to be able to prevent themselves from becoming a victim and know how to defend themselves should they ever need to.”Their classes offer beginners self-defence on Saturdays and also offer corporate seminars and team-building, private events for groups of 10 or more and give talks and demos at schools.Describing self-defence as a way to retaliate in order to give one the time needed to get away, Du Plessis said: “If the women who attend our seminars implement what we teach them then their chances of being attacked are greatly reduced. An attacker looks for an easy target and we teach women what to do in order to prevent themselves from being an easy target.”“You don’t have to be fit to do our course at all.“Everyone can just do whatever they feel able to and skip anything they are battling with due to injury, or we show them variations to try.”The next beginners seminar will be on November 4 from 9am to 12pm. For more informations or to make a booking, contact Ann on firstname.lastname@example.org. za or phone 078 458 5338.