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We empower female fighters to take agency over their training. We are passionate about finding answers, uncovering prejudice and championing what’s driving our progress. New episodes out on Thursdays.

#32 Lea Damata
What is Pelvic Physiotherapy?

Lea Damata is a pelvic physiotherapist based in Canada and this is part 2! We cover perinatal care, incontinence, pain with sex, chronic pelvic pain and how pelvic physiotherapy with menopause. We were so pleased we could delve into these topics with Lea! 

Hosts: Shanti & Marina
Guest: Lea Damata
Sound Editor and Song Writer: Will Grant 

#31 Lea Damata
What is Pelvic Physiotherapy?

Lea Damata is a pelvic physiotherapist based in Canada. We wanted to know what this form of physiotherapy was and who it can help – turns out a lot! We focused on its implications for women health, but started with her own experience of concussion and the impact it has had on her life. She is a wonderful speaker and it was a real pleasure to have this chat with her/grill her with our questions! This is only part 1 of 2 which will be released next week.  

Hosts: Shanti & Marina
Guest: Lea Damata
Sound Editor and Song Writer: Will Grant 

#30:Malaika Ahmed:
Talking to A Young Woman in Pakistan

Following last weeks episode with Olivia on the women’s movement in Pakistan, we interviewed Malaika who is a young woman from Karachi. 

Hosts: Shanti & Marina
Guest: Malaika Ahmed
Sound Editor and Song Writer: Will Grant 

#29 Olivia Qasir:
The Women's Movement in Pakistan

Olivia Qasir is a 27 year old filmmaker based in Lahore, Pakistan. Being of a mixed British/Pakistani heritage, her early schooling was in Lahore, after which she moved to London to study at SOAS and then King’s College. Following her masters, Olivia took a short documentary course at City Academy with the intention to document the women’s movement in Pakistan. Olivia made a short documentary film about the movement for Vice last year looking into the current situation for women in Pakistan. She covers the Aurat march held in 2020, the protest fighting for women’s liberation. This documentary is available here.

Hosts: Shanti & Marina
Guest: Olivia Qasir 
Sound Editor and Song Writer: Will Grant 

#28 Dr Stacy Sims:
Women in Research

The information on sports performance (or indeed any research) has up until recently been taken from studies made on 18-22 year old men, with women being left out as they were considered an ‘anomaly’ in science due to their monthly hormone cycle. The consequence of excluding women from studies means that their findings don’t fully apply to 50% of the population. Currently there is a lot of talk on social media and in the news about how women must train and eat ‘with their cycle’ but what does that actually mean? How can we manipulate information designed for men to suit our physiological requirements? For this episode we had the great pleasure of speaking with Dr Stacy Sims. Stacy is a researcher looking specifically at sex differences in training, nutrition and environmental conditions. Stacy co-authored the book ‘Roar’ (2016) which is filled with ways you can adjust your training to suit your individual requirements according to your cycle, and walks you through the general changes you may need to make through perimenopause and beyond. It is a fantastic introduction to this way of thinking and the only book of its kind; looking at both the cycle and its relationship to sports performance. We squeezed our millions of questions into just under an hour, but if your curiosity has been roused check out her ted talks on YouTube. This episode is also available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Podbean.

Hosts: Shanti & Marina
Guest: Dr Stacy Sims 
Sound Editor and Song Writer: Will Grant 

#27 Ffion Davies:
Body Image

We were delighted to have the lovely Ffion for this episode talking about body image. Ffion Davies is an elite BJJ female competitor who has won world titles as a black belt and is absolutely smashing it (in non-covid normal times).  We were delighted to have the lovely Ffion for this episode talking about body image. Ffion made a post on instagram recently about her experiences as a woman and the insecurities and social expectations that come with it. We’re all aiming to be comfortable in our own skin, but how we go about it can seem a little upside down, trying to change ourselves to fit a social “norm” or what’s in fashion, rather than learning to love what we have and what our bodies can do. Being a female athlete comes with its own trials, particularly in the form of society’s paradoxical attitude towards them, i.e. you are strong and win matches which we love, but why do you have big (strong) arms? This is patriarchy at its finest, and this attitude in particular can be a difficult one to come to terms with.

Hosts: Shanti & Marina
Guest: Ffion Davies
Sound Editor and Song Writer: Will Grant 

#26Wrestle Like A Girl:
Empowering Women Through Wrestling

Founded by Sally Roberts in 2016, Wrestle Like A Girl is an Organisation with a mission to empower girls and women through wrestling. We spoke to Victoria, Jacque and Emma about their involvement and what we can do to help women’s wrestling progress. 

Hosts: Shanti & Marina
Guest: Victoria, Jacque and Emma 
Sound Editor and Song Writer: Will Grant 

#25 Hazel Gale:
The Kickboxing Champion Who Became A Cognitive Hypnotherapist

We have known Hazel for a couple of years having interviewed her early on in the Women Who Fight journey and collaborated for an event in 2019. We revisit her now for our podcast to talk about her career as a kickboxer where she achieved impressive British, European and World Championships between 2008 and 2014. Her experiences during this time lead her to become a successful cognitive hypnotherapist and author. As always, it was a privilege to speak to Hazel. There is some swearing at the end.

Hosts: Shanti & Marina
Guest: Hazel Gale
Sound Editor and Song Writer: Will Grant 

#24 Jo Crowley:
London's Elite Judo Coach

Jo Crowley started Ealing Judo Club 18 years ago, and still runs it to this day. She is a support coach of the GB Judo Team and coach of the Olympian Nekoda Davis. A 4th dan black belt in Judo, she is also a happy white belt in BJJ and a single mum of four. Jo sees coaching as a skill in its own right, and has worked tirelessly over her career to be the best for her students. We talk to her about what it has been like being the only woman in a male dominated career path, facing challenges and dealing with the imposter syndrome. It was a real pleasure to have Jo as our guest!

Hosts: Shanti & Marina
Guest: Jo Crowley
Sound Editor and Song Writer: Will Grant 

#23 Katoucha Fall
On Race & Discrimination

This week we were joined by Katoucha, a friend who trains BJJ. Racism in the West is very much a reality, and the call to be actively anti-racist rang out loud and clear during the BLM protests last year. Within martial arts black people are heavily underrepresented, and although we would all like to think that the martial arts are apolitical and treat each of us equally, peoples’ experience of racism shows otherwise. Katoucha shares with us her experiences and perspective in this episode, and we are grateful that she gave us her time and energy to do so.

Hosts: Shanti & Marina
Guest: Katoucha Fall
Sound Editor and Song Writer: Will Grant 

#22 April Davis
The Vagina Blog

This week we had the absolute pleasure of welcoming April to our podcast. April created the Vagina Blog which is creating a community for women, at the core of which is body positivity, education and breaking taboos around the female form. April is also a doula, photographer and birthing assistant to a midwife. 

Hosts: Shanti & Marina
Guest: April Davis
Sound Editor and Song Writer: Will Grant 

#21 Chloe Moore
On Transgender Experience

On this weeks episode we invited Chloe Moore to join us to discuss her experience as a transgender person, particularly in relation to sport participation. Chloe is a BJJ competitor who started a women’s only BJJ competition called Fight Like a Girl.  Please check out our other episodes on our youtube channel or for audio please visit Spotify or the iTunes Podcast app *There is some swearing during this podcast

Hosts: Shanti & Marina
Guest: Chloe Moore 
www.fightlikeagirl.one 
@fight_like_a_girl_bjj
www.facebook.com/groups/fightlikeagirlbjj

Sound Editor and Song Writer: Will Grant 

#20 Endometriosis
with Louise Litchfield

This week we are speaking with Louise who is a sufferer of Endometriosis and will be telling us about her unique experience of the condition. We recently made a podcast about this topic with Endometriosis UK (episode 18) which provides more detailed information. It was a privilege to hear Louise’s experience of endo, we hope you enjoy it! There may be some swearing.

https://www.wellandgood.com/women-clinical-trials/

Hosts: Shanti & Marina
Guest: Louise Litchfield
Sound Editor and Song Writer: Will Grant 

#19 Dr Kokes
Sports Dietitian and Naturopath

Dr. Nikole MacLellan, (Dr.Kokes) is a Naturopathic Doctor, Registered Dietitian of Canada and Certified Sports Nutritionist. She focuses heavily on athletic and human performance optimisation and recovery. Dr. Kokes works with athletes from all sports and organisations including UFC, NHL, QMJHL, Olympics, AUS, AHL, GEL, Ironman. She has a strong passion for providing athletes with the foundations of information for them to make educated decisions about their health and wellness. We were thrilled to have her on this episode!  Please check out our other episodes on our youtube channel or for audio please visit Spotify or the Itunes Podcast app  

Hosts: Shanti & Marina
Guest: Dr Kokes
Sound Editor and Song Writer: Will Grant 

#17 Moira Bradfield
What is Vaginal Health?

Moira is a Naturopath, Acupuncturist, Academic and the founder of Intimate Ecology, which is a holistic health service based on the Gold Coast in Australia. Moira specialises in helping her clients achieve optimal vaginal health naturally. She is also an educator providing training on the vaginal microbiome, mentoring practitioners and running courses.  In this episode we asked every question under the sun about our vagina’s, from the impact of antibiotics to pain during sex, UTI’s to menopause. 

Hosts: Shanti & Marina
Guest: Moira Bradfield
Sound Editor and Song Writer: Will Grant 

#16 Cathy "The Bitch" Brown

Cathy “The Bitch” Brown is a former professional British boxer, being the 2nd female in the UK to receive her professional licence in 1998. She went on to become British and European Champion and ranked 3rd in the world. 

Cathy was at the forefront of women’s boxing, her legacy being the rise of female boxers over the past 20 years. In her training she was regularly turned away from clubs, told she was too pretty to box and received little to no pay when she had a fight. It was her grit and passion for boxing that kept her in the ring, retiring only when her health was at risk. She is now a coach, cognitive behavioural therapist, public speaker and author of the comprehensive boxing instructional book ‘Boxology’. Throughout her career she has been fighting the inequality in sport, so who better to tell us how she dealt with systemic sexism, breaking the taboos and persevering through adversity to follow her dream. 

Hosts: Shanti & Marina
Guest: Cathy Brown
Sound Editor and Song Writer: Will Grant 

#15 An Experience of Mental Illness

Trigger Warning: This Episode contains a detailed experience of mental illness and could be triggering for some people. 

Teanna Taylor is a blue belt under Stealth BJJ. She has been diagnosed with severe anxiety, depression and Psychogenic Psychosis, brought on by the stress of physical illness. Despite a very healthy lifestyle, she initially fell seriously unwell in 2017 after contracting a very rare virus that led to liver disease. The trauma of this experience and the fear of losing her job during this time was a catalyst for her developing severe mental health issues. This kind of situation could happen to anyone and yet it is still misunderstood, particularly psychosis, which has a lot of associated misconceptions.

In this episode Teanna tells us her story, and we are grateful to be given the opportunity to share it.

Hosts: Shanti & Marina
Guest: Teanna Taylor
Sound Editor and Song Writer: Will Grant 

#14 Maisie Hill
The Author of Period Power

Maisie Hill is a Menstrual Health Expert with over a decade of experience as a practitioner and Birth Doula. Maisie wrote the fabulous book ‘Period Power’ which seeks to educate women about their cycle, using the four seasons metaphor to explore how women can harness the power of their menstrual cycle by following its rhythm. This approach is a game changer as it transforms our relationship with our cycles, something so fundamental to our lives but which is taboo within our culture. 

We were thrilled to have her as a guest to talk about periods and everything that goes with it. 

Warning: There is a little swearing during this podcast.

Hosts: Shanti & Marina
Guest: Maise Hill
Sound Editor and Song Writer: Will Grant 

#13 Its Never Too Late
With Elaine Wynn

For this episode we were joined by Elaine Wynn, THE Jiu Jitsu Grandma. At 72 she has been training for 3 years and is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Gracie Barra Alabama, and a video of her competing recently went viral.

Elaine is extraordinary with her openness to learn and try new things! We came away from this feeling energised and inspired. 

Hosts: Shanti & Marina
Guest: Elaine Wynn
Sound Editor and Song Writer: Will Grant