We sat down with Amy DePaola, filmmaker and amateur boxer. A proud Haymakers for Hope Belles of the Brawl alum (2015), she is gearing up for the release of her new film, Amy Dee, loosely based on her own experiences as a fighter in life and sport, and illustrating what it means to go through a personal evolution as a fighter - in every sense of the word.
We chatted with Julie Kelly, the co-founder of Haymakers for Hope about her journey as a fighter, in life and sport, and how it led her to create Haymakers for Hope. She's a Hodgkin's lymphoma survivor, 2x NY Golden Gloves winner (132lbs), and an activist dedicated to finding a way to both literally and metaphorically knockout cancer.
We hung out with Society Nine Brand Ambassador Jennie Trower of Jarrett & Jennie Customized Self Defense. Jennie Trower is half of the dynamic duo that is Jarrett and Jennie Customized Self-Defense. Training in Martial Arts for over 15 years, it was Krav Maga that got her hooked and led her to pursue numerous teaching certifications and begin building a career around helping women develop effective self-defense training. Most recently Jennie has joined forces with Society nine Brand Ambassador Jarrett Arthur to offer free learning opportunities, online educational resources and live training experiences to increase their ability to reach thousands of women each year.
We chatted with LA Jennings, a writer and feminist thinker with a doctorate in Literary Studies and a passion for fighting sports. After ten years of training, competing, and coaching kickboxing, submission wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts, she is delighted to bring her dual passions of scholarly research and competitive martial arts into one comprehensive text. Her book, "She’s a Knockout: a History of Women in Fighting Sports," is the culmination of two seemingly divergent fields of academic and combative explored through the lens of feminism. She is also a co-owner, trainer and coach at Train. Fight. Win., a Mixed Martial Arts gym in downtown Denver that provides training for both male and female fighters.
We hung out with Society Nine Brand Ambassador Jarrett Arthur of Jarrett & Jennie Customized Self Defense to learn about her personal evolution as a college elite athlete, to one of the highest ranking female Krav Maga black belts in the country, to now one of the biggest leaders in women's self defense. She also talked about her new women's empowerment retreat called I AM POWER. She's been featured on The Ellen Show and Good Morning America for her extensive knowledge!
We had the honor of being invited to the United State of Women Summit, hosted by the White House! Lynn, Society Nine founder and CEO, recaps the sentiments, insights and passion learned and gained from the women in attendance, the Obamas and Joe Biden. And then there was that time she was in the bathroom with Gloria Steinem.
We spent some time talking with pro-boxer and mental health advocate Maureen "The Real Million Dollar Baby" Shea. At 25-2 (12 KO), she is the current IFBA Jr featherweight World Champion, current NABA Champion, former interim WBC Featherweight World Champion and former NABF Champion. While her boxing career is what elevated her personal brand, she is focused on utilizing her platform to speak out for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as individuals suffering and healing from mental health issues. We learned so much from this inspirational woman, and know you will, too.
We went on a 10 day gym tour in LA and Orange County training 2-3x a day at different gyms everyday, and also visited Boston's badass boxing community. Join us as we recount the calories we consumed, the powerful stories we heard from the fierce women of our community, and the incredible friends we made along the way.
In Episode 03, pro MMA fighter Glena "Heartless" Avila joins us to talk about what it means to have hunger, ambition and inspiring other women and young girls to get after their dreams.
In Episode 02, we host our special guest Emily Corso! Emily is a former professional MMA fighter (#11 flyweight in the world at one point, in fact!) turned self-defense coach and personal trainer at her own business, Bold and Badass Fitness. Come hangout with us!