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Fanfare: Fighting Spirit Warriors Lunch and Learn

| Sunday, July 29, 2012, 8:50 p.m.
Jillian Bullock, a motivational speaker as well as a competitive martial artist, demonstrates a self-defense manuever with Richard Cossaboon as part of her presentation at Dress for Success Lunch and Learn that took place in the Rivers Club at Oxford Centre on Thursday afternoon, July 26, 2012.  
Gwen Titley | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Jillian Bullock, a motivational speaker as well as a competitive martial artist, demonstrates a self-defense manuever with Richard Cossaboon as part of her presentation at Dress for Success Lunch and Learn that took place in the Rivers Club at Oxford Centre on Thursday afternoon, July 26, 2012. Gwen Titley | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Jillian Bullock, a motivational speaker as well as a competitive martial artist, demonstrates a self-defense manuever with Richard Cossaboon as part of her presentation at Dress for Success Lunch and Learn that took place in the Rivers Club at Oxford Centre on Thursday afternoon, July 26, 2012.  
Gwen Titley | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Jillian Bullock, a motivational speaker as well as a competitive martial artist, demonstrates a self-defense manuever with Richard Cossaboon as part of her presentation at Dress for Success Lunch and Learn that took place in the Rivers Club at Oxford Centre on Thursday afternoon, July 26, 2012. Gwen Titley | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“It's my job and mission to help people how they can become victors, not victims,” said Jillian Bullock during the Fighting Spirit Warriors Lunch and Learn hosted by Dress for Success Pittsburgh on Thursday.

Also her mission: to show 1 million females how to unleash their inner “fitness assassin” for the purpose of self-defense.

Backed by her 30 years in the fitness and health business, black belts in Tae Kwon Do and Wing Chun, and certification as a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) trainer, this is the last woman you'd want to meet in a dark alley.

Rising from the ashes of what could have been a textbook case of past dictating future, her demons included being raped by a family friend, drug abuse, teenage prostitution and homelessness.

“If I believed my past was going to be my ruler, I'd probably still be homeless, on drugs, and sleeping with every Tom, Dick, and Harry,” she said.

More than 150 were on hand — including DSP prez Michael Glass, Heather Halt, Karen Kallam, Julia Gleason, Mary Kate Bartley, Rebecca Harris, Beth Caldwell, Virginia Volponi andErroline Williams — at the Rivers Club in Oxford Centre where she gave a demonstration of some hand-to-hand combat with the help of her punching bag, and good sport, Richard Cossaboon.

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