“This book stands strong against a continuous, 5-million year history of violence against women. Lori Gervasi tells you exactly how to choose safety over victimization.”
Gavin de Becker
Security Expert and Author of the New York Times bestseller The Gift of Fear

“This is a brilliant book--a must have for any woman who wants to improve her ability to protect herself without becoming paranoid in the bargain. Logically structured and clearly written, Lori Gervasi offers all women--from ages 9 to 99-- effective tools and an empowering mindset to deal with any bad guy. I highly recommend this book to all women and the men in their lives.”
Laura Taylor
Professional author and editor

“Women can fend for themselves, says author/karate expert Lori Hartman Gervasi, but they need knowledge, confidence, and the ability to tap into their innate survival talents.”
The Chicago Tribune

“Looking for ways to defend yourself? In Fight Like a Girl…and Win, author Lori Hartman Gervasi, a black belt and former journalist, offers women a no-nonsense guide to mental self-defense.”
The Indianapolis Star Tribune

“For Lori Hartman Gervasi, author of Fight Like a Girl…and Win…, a huge part of that mental preparedness, especially for women, is being willing to defend yourself in the first place.”
New York Metro (New York, Boston, Philadelphia)

“In Fight Like a Girl…and Win, Gervasi, a black belt and …TV journalist, argues that women can effectively fight off an attacker if they are prepared to make the 26 mental and physical decisions necessary for survival.”
The Journal Register (Philadelphia)

About the Book


Defense Decisions for Women

By Lori Hartman Gervasi


It’s an unfortunate reality that women are susceptible to random acts of aggression and violence. But they can learn how to protect themselves—with this groundbreaking guidebook. Let martial arts black belt and accomplished journalist Lori Hartman Gervasi walk you through the steps for taking charge of your personal safety. Her program consists of twenty-six potentially life-saving decisions that every woman must make. Each choice will identify threats, provide practical knowledge, prevent victimization, and save valuable time in the midst of danger.

The book includes Mental Decisions that are necessary to prepare the reader’s intellect, utilize her instincts, and assure her emotional well-being. The Physical Decisions will prompt her to have an automatic and effective response in a real life fight.

“FIGHT LIKE A GIRL…AND WIN” will teach the reader:
  • Whether or not she’s a fighter, and what she can do in either case.
  • The four levels of force and the legal right to defend one’s self at each of those levels.
  • The three things a woman can be sure of when she finds herself in a physical battle with a man.
  • What crimes females fear most.
  • The four most common ways women are attacked.
  • How a woman’s understanding of herself and her attacker will ensure victory.
  • The dirty truth about fighting that her dad never told her (but probably taught her brother).
  • Why a woman’s mental fight needs to be a priority before any battle.
  • How personal decisions are a woman’s keys to success.

Fight Like a Girl…and Win makes it possible for women to be confident and safe, while experiencing peace of mind, in the midst of a violent world.

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