behind the scenes
Founder & Head Coach
Gemma Sheehan in an ex MMA fighter. She has over 11 years of experience training and competing in the sports of kickboxing, wrestling, and Brazilian jiu jitsu. In her last active year of fighting she was ranked the #1 MMA fighter in Ontario, and nominated for the best up and coming female fighter worldwide. She achieved a record of 5-1, with 4 wins in the first round by TKO or submission, and won the gold at the 2016 Pan Ams for jiu jitsu.
Gemma started this company in 2018 with an aim to bring the powerful lessons, mentally and physically, of MMA to girls in her community and abroad. Gemma's most rewarding experience is being a positive mentor to her students.
To read the story on how she started and ended her career in MMA and started this company, read our blog post about her here.
To reach Gemma, contact
*Gemma does speaking engagements, contact for more info!
Read Toronto Life's Article about Gemma here
Read Gemma's interview with Women of Influence here
Listen to Gemma's podcast with Rogers Media here
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Danika is a technically trained ballet dancer since the age of 5, and has been performing and training since. The dedication, discipline, and courage she has demonstrated through her years in dance lead Gemma and Danika to bond over the many benefits of pursuing a tough sport. She believes that being challenged physically and mentally helps kids to grow into critical and creative thinking adults. Danika has a Bachelor of Medical Science, and extensive experience in client relations and administration. Danika has a passion for helping women and girls gain confidence, assertiveness, and mental toughness.
Danika is an avid solo-traveler, and has worked with children and youth in Toronto and abroad. Having witnessed first hand the situations many women face daily, her hope is that Girls Who Fight will help give as many girls as possible the tools to navigate life safely and confidently, and that these lessons can be shared with those who need it most.
to reach Danika contact email@example.com!
art director & social manager
Jess grew up in Vietnam and moved to Toronto when she was 18. Being brought up surrounded by Asian culture, her work is inspired by Japanese comics and animation. Aside from art, she also studied psychology and found martial arts to be an elevating experience for the mind and body. Having witnessed a lot of unfairness towards women, she wants to give every girl the power and mental ability to fight back.
Jess is currently a Graphic Design student majoring in advertising. She is also a freelance illustrator with a surrealist twist, bringing elements from psychology and Asian culture into her work. She goes by her alias Hiri, which is a play on her Vietnamese name.
Find her work on Behance at www.behance.net/hiri and @hiri.art on Instagram.
cco/ chief creative officer
Katie Clarke has been drawing since she could hold a pencil, focusing on character-driven storytelling. Growing up, she believed she was going to be a film director, having made and edited her own movies since the age of 9 under the alias K.C. DeMille. She wrote her first full-length screenplay at 13. Her storyboards started to morph into graphic novels, which she hopes to finish and publish one day. Her stories follow strong female leads, one of whom, Maxx Cullen, is an assassin-for-hire. Katie’s interest in fighting techniques and styles for her stories brought her to Girls Who Fight, where she plans to become as skilled and lethal as her protagonists.
Having grown up in a Northern Irish family, Katie has been taught how to stand her ground and fight back, but has seen that not all girls are fortunate enough to have the same knowledge. She wants to change that by helping Girls Who Fight grow, so women and girls have a better chance in the world.
Katie is studying Graphic Design with an advertising major, honing her film and illustration skills on the side.
You can see her work https://www.behance.net/kcdemille and @kcdemille on Instagram.