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How to kick a** like a girl

Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and four children. At SheKnows, she writes about parenting, fashion, beauty and other lifestyle topics. Additionally, Kori has been published i...

Girl power!

Even if you've never been in a fight in your life, that doesn't mean you can't kick someone's butt if you had to do it. You have an advantage — you're a woman. When the chips are down, use these techniques to kick a** like a girl.
1

Use your brain power

Outsmart your enemy with a careful plan of attack. At any sign of conflict, quickly survey the situation and take note of what you're up against. Evaluate your opponent's strengths and, more important, identify his vulnerabilities. Keep a cool head, think on your feet and then get poised to take action.

Ziyi Zhang in The Grandmaster

2

Catch 'em off guard

Almost every kick-a** heroine in the movies these days knows how to use her feminine wiles to her advantage. Whether you are trying to make nice or kick a**, your sex appeal can work wonders. Bat your lashes, toss your hair and then go on the attack.

Angelina Jolie

3

Utilize your sense of style

Those heels have been killing you all day, but in a fight, they can come in handy. Do you know how much damage you can do with a stiletto? Ditto for your long acrylic nails.

Jessica Alba goes in for the kill with her awesome red heels in Machete:

Jessica Alba in Machete

4

Use your dance moves

So you aren't quiet a martial arts expert, but that doesn't mean you can't pull off some stellar tricks of your own. Take this move, for example, from Gong Er (Ziyi Zhang) in the upcoming film The Grandmaster.

Ziyi Zhang in The Grandmaster

With balletlike grace, she's poised to take her opponent out. Attack with fast spins, graceful arm movements and powerful thrusts. Extra points for gymnastic or kickboxing moves that finish with annihilating your enemy.

5

Don't be afraid to play dirty

When the chips are down, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. A punch, knee or kick to the groin will take your opponent out long enough so you can plot your next move. You can quickly hit him over the head while he's down, or run like heck and get out of there.

Punch to the groin

If all else fails...

As a last resort, if you are in a vulnerable position and none of your a**-kicking moves have worked yet, turn to your feminine ways once again. This time, if he isn't taken by your charms, turn on the water works. That's right — start to cry. Even the most evil opponent can't stand to see a woman cry.

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