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FightingFIT, Sophia’s Self Defense/Fitness Program.

Learn techniques to defend yourself, standing up and on the ground.

AND build stamina, strength and fitness while burning fat and toning up!

Sophia will guide you through the techniques and the workouts so that you feel empowered, fit and strong!

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FightingFIT is a women's self defense program that is designed and taught by Sophia McDermott who is a highly trained practitioner and multiple time Pan Am and World Champion in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Most practitioners who teach are men, so Sophia’s unique point of difference as a women is that she can create a safe and fun, women’s only environment for all to feel comfortable and to learn. She focuses on techniques on the ground which are especially important in these situation (because it they the hardest to get away from) but they are also the most overlooked.

Sophia offers three stage workshops which include, Stage 1, Defend & Deflect, Stage 2, Fight & Flee and Stage 3, Lethal Ladies. 6as well as and 6 week courses are also available. Sophia focuses on creating a safe space for women to get together to learn skills, techniques and strategies to prevent, mitigate or survive a violent situation. The idea is that by the time you get to stage 3, the basics are covered to frame, block, and defend so that you can take it once stop further and disarm your attacker by fighting back and reversing the situation.

Sophia will spend the first part of the session teaching you the phycological aspects as well as the technical aspects of self defense both standing up and on the ground. Depending on the type of program, Sophia who is also a certified trainer with NASM, can also guiding you through her FightingFIT workouts comprised of martial arts and fighting movement patterns that will strengthen your muscles, build stamina and fitness and burn fat and tone up. 

Teaching at one of my workshops.

Teaching at one of my workshops.

The FightingFit Course will give you security and confidence. For those working in closed spaces with unknown people (such as showing houses) or heading to a car park after a late night work shift, learning the basics with a course like this is imperative. FightingFIT also focuses on the psychological aspects, speaking up, awareness and safety measures that should be implemented on a daily basis.  

Make this an investment to yourself to have piece of mind, knowing that you are prepared if you ever encounter a risky situation. 

In this course you will learn:

  • How to avoid a violent confrontation 

  • How to defend by utilizing your strengths against the attacker’s weaknesses.

  • How to escape the most common grabs, choke holds, bear hugs and pins.

  • Extensive training about survival on the ground, for example, learning how to escape safely from an attacker pinning you on your back

The fitness aspect of each class will help to build strength and stamina but will also help to tone up and burn fat. 

For more information email or click the button below to sign up for your next FightingFIT course!