69 episodes

"Martial Arts Saved Me" - every martial artist ever. Why do Martial Arts have such a big impact on mental health? On The Fight Back Podcast you'll hear from UFC fighters, University researchers, Women training to battle demons and everyone in between. Georgia and her guests explore trauma, mental health, exercise and all the reasons combat sports help us Fight Back against tough times.

The Fight Back Podcast Georgia

    • Health & Fitness
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"Martial Arts Saved Me" - every martial artist ever. Why do Martial Arts have such a big impact on mental health? On The Fight Back Podcast you'll hear from UFC fighters, University researchers, Women training to battle demons and everyone in between. Georgia and her guests explore trauma, mental health, exercise and all the reasons combat sports help us Fight Back against tough times.

    #70: Become an ally to trans and gender diverse martial artists

    #70: Become an ally to trans and gender diverse martial artists

    Leading up to International Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, people and organizations around the world participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise awareness of trans and gender diverse people, address key issues for our communities and explore ways to promote active allyship. We hope that through promoting the full inclusion of trans and gender diverse people in martial arts, we can break down stigma and reduce barriers to participation for our wonderful communities.

     

    Transgender Day of Remembrance honours the memory of trans lives lost due to transphobia and the impacts of discrimination. You can find out more about this here: https://tdor.org.au/ 

     

    In this episode, Penny McKay (she/they) and Pharrell Shaymar (he/him) answer: 

     


    What does it mean to be an ally?
    What do the terms "trans" and "gender diverse" mean?
    What happens when we include vs when we don't include trans and gender diverse people?
    What are the impacts on mental health on trans people when they are excluded from martial arts?
    How can martial arts/sports benefit trans people, mentally and emotionally?
    What are the very best and very worst things you've seen coaches do around LGBTQ+ inclusion?
    Being inclusive by words instead of actually taking accountability, what is the difference? And how can an ally support the community that shows inclusivity?
    Where does being trauma-informed fit into this topic? Do coaches need to be trauma informed to be inclusive?
    What language and framing is useful in addressing transphobia? E.g. if a gym member is casually repeating TERF talking points, how can coaches approach it constructively and minimise defensiveness?
    How can we work with instructors that refuse to include trans women in women’s only classes?
    What advice do you have for parents/Guardians who aren't understanding of non binary and trans within facilities ?
    How do you manage staff and or parents who aren't accepting and inclusive?
    What is 1 actionable step for martial arts coaches and practitioners to implement this week?

    Content warning: Please note this discussion may include topics which are distressing - please take good care and link in your own support networks or the organizations below if you need. 

     

    All things trans including language guides: https://www.transhub.org.au/ 

    Young people and their families https://transcend.org.au/ 

    Transgender Victoria https://tgv.org.au/ 

    Pride in Sport www.prideinsport.com.au 

    Queer Combat Collective on instagram

    QLife - 3pm to midnight every day: https://qlife.org.au/

    Lifeline: 13 11 14

    Rainbow Door: https://www.rainbowdoor.org.au/

    13YARN - First Nations Crisis support

     

    To contact Penny on Instagram: @voiceofsmallchange

    To contact Pharrell on Instagram: @pharrell_shaymar

     

    Sign up to the Conscious Combat Club newsletter here to get the latest updates about mindful and trauma-informed martial arts practices, clubs

    and research.

     

    Join the Conscious Combat Club on Facebook to meet fellow listeners of this podcast and help us transform martial arts into more inclusive sports for everybody.

     

    If you'd like to join The Fight Back Project, you'll find the waitlists for Melbourne here and online here.

     

    If this podcast has inspired you to create your own trauma-informed martial arts program, you can register for my 12 week online course here.

     

    Thank you so much to Nari for the beautiful song "Shape Me" heard at the beginning and end of this episode. Nari wrote this song about Shape Your Life, a boxing program for self-identified female survivors of violence in Canada. She wrote this song using the words and experiences shared by participants with Cathy Van Ingen. You can find out more about Shape Your Life in my interview with Cathy in Episode 8. You can hear more of Nari's work by going to her Instagram: @narithesaga

    • 1 hr 3 min
    #69: Pharrell Shaymar:"I will never become biologically male, but I am a gentleman"

    #69: Pharrell Shaymar:"I will never become biologically male, but I am a gentleman"

    Pharrell Shaymar (he/they) AKA "The Pad Technician" Pharrell is a professional boxing coach with over 10 years' experience coaching athletes, amateur boxers, women's self defence programs, and group fitness. Pharrell is an accomplished speaker LGBTQ+ Advocate and community leader. Pharrell uses the prism of boxing through advocacy, breaking down barriers, educational videos and breaking stereo types of trans people in combat sports. His key message is "I will never become biologically male, but I am a gentleman"

    ***TRIGGER WARNING: Self harm***

     

    Contact Pharrell on instagram: @Pharrell_shaymar

     

    Georgia and Pharrell discuss:


    How Pharrell got into martial arts
    Common problems in gyms and how to avoid them
    How to choose a gym

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    Sign up to the Conscious Combat Club newsletter here to get the latest updates about mindful and trauma-informed martial arts practices, clubs

    and research.

     

    Join the Conscious Combat Club on Facebook to meet fellow listeners of this podcast and help us transform martial arts into more inclusive sports for everybody.

     

    If you'd like to join The Fight Back Project, you'll find the waitlists for Melbourne here and online here.

     

    If this podcast has inspired you to create your own trauma-informed martial arts program, you can register for my 12 week online course here.

     

    Thank you so much to Nari for the beautiful song "Shape Me" heard at the beginning and end of this episode. Nari wrote this song about Shape Your Life, a boxing program for self-identified female survivors of violence in Canada. She wrote this song using the words and experiences shared by participants with Cathy Van Ingen. You can find out more about Shape Your Life in my interview with Cathy in Episode 8. You can hear more of Nari's work by going to her Instagram: @narithesaga

    • 1 hr 7 min
    #68: Bobbie Lewallen: A Life of Muay Thai

    #68: Bobbie Lewallen: A Life of Muay Thai

    *TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL ABUSE*

     Bobbie Lewallen (she/her) has been practicing Muay Thai for 10 years. She is a survivor of sexual abuse from childhood to early adulthood

    Georgia and Bobbie discuss:


    · Starting Muay Thai at age 12 after being abused as a child
    · Growing up getting to training in a shady area as a young woman under 17
    · The conflation of thinness with health and the difference in comments Bobbie would receive as a teenager with an eating disorder vs now
    · The impact of Bobbie's family's culture and traditions on perpetuating her abuse
    · How Muay Thai helped her to leave an abusive relationship
    · Why Bobbie is so passionate about sharing her experiences with Muay Thai through her IG blog @lifeofmuaythai

     

    To contact Bobbie:

    Instagram: @lifeofmuaythai 

    Email: lifeofmuaythai@gmail.com

     

    To join the group FightHERS: 

    Instagram: @_fighthers

    Join the discord group: https://discord.com/invite/wF8SYT7JcG

     

    Sign up to the Conscious Combat Club newsletter here to get the latest updates about mindful and trauma-informed martial arts practices, clubs and research.

     Join the Conscious Combat Club on Facebook to meet fellow listeners of this podcast and help us transform martial arts into more inclusive sports for everybody.

     If you'd like to join The Fight Back Project, you'll find the waitlists for Melbourne here and online here.

     If this podcast has inspired you to create your own trauma-informed martial arts program, you can register for my 12 week online course here.

     Thank you so much to Nari for the beautiful song "Shape Me" heard at the beginning and end of this episode. Nari wrote this song about Shape Your Life, a boxing program for self-identified female survivors of violence in Canada. She wrote this song using the words and experiences shared by participants with Cathy Van Ingen. You can find out more about Shape Your Life in my interview with Cathy in Episode 8. You can hear more of Nari's work by going to her Instagram: @narithesaga

    • 51 min
    #67: Martina Hildegard Gray Bear: Her Commitment to Women, Children, the Oppressed, All Beings and Our Planet

    #67: Martina Hildegard Gray Bear: Her Commitment to Women, Children, the Oppressed, All Beings and Our Planet

    Martina is a queer intercultural / international martial artist living in the US. Martina is a queer teacher, storyteller, & communication consultant. Martina is a commitment to women, children, the oppressed, all beings and our planet.

     

    Georgia and Martina discuss:


    Martina's experiences facilitating self defense for feminists with disabilities in Germany 
    Historical lessons from second wave feminism
    Being a queer white feminist living in the US 
    How to hold space for all the oppression in the world and be open to hope and change at the same time
    How interoception saved Martina's life  

     

    To contact Martina:

    Facebook: Martina Hildegard 

    Email: mhmbear.teach@gmail.com 

     

    Sign up to the Conscious Combat Club newsletter here to get the latest updates about mindful and trauma-informed martial arts practices, clubs and research.

     

    Join the Conscious Combat Club on Facebook to meet fellow listeners of this podcast and help us transform martial arts into more inclusive sports for everybody.

     

    If you'd like to join The Fight Back Project, you'll find the waitlists for Melbourne here and online here.

     

    If this podcast has inspired you to create your own trauma-informed martial arts program, you can register for my 12 week online course here.

     

    Thank you so much to Nari for the beautiful song "Shape Me" heard at the beginning and end of this episode. Nari wrote this song about Shape Your Life, a boxing program for self-identified female survivors of violence in Canada. She wrote this song using the words and experiences shared by participants with Cathy Van Ingen. You can find out more about Shape Your Life in my interview with Cathy in Episode 8. You can hear more of Nari's work by going to her Instagram: @narithesaga

    • 1 hr 10 min
    #66: Sammy-Jo Lawler : Returning to BJJ after Sexual Assault

    #66: Sammy-Jo Lawler : Returning to BJJ after Sexual Assault

    **Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault**

     

    Sammy was a victim of rape and sexual assault, and she made the journey back into Jiu Jitsu

     

    Georgia and Sammy-Jo discuss: 


    Close contact training problems and how to deal with it 
    Benefits of talking to trusted people about what has happened 
    Healing and how it can be difficult 
    Returning to competition
    How returning to training was beneficial in Sammy's healing

    Please contact Sammy via Instagram: @sammyjolawler

     

    Sign up to the Conscious Combat Club newsletter here to get the latest updates about mindful and trauma-informed martial arts practices, clubs and research.

     

    Join the Conscious Combat Club on Facebook to meet fellow listeners of this podcast and help us transform martial arts into more inclusive sports for everybody.

     

    If you'd like to join The Fight Back Project, you'll find the waitlists for Melbourne here and online here.

     

    If this podcast has inspired you to create your own trauma-informed martial arts program, you can register for my 12 week online course here.

     

    Thank you so much to Nari for the beautiful song "Shape Me" heard at the beginning and end of this episode. Nari wrote this song about Shape Your Life, a boxing program for self-identified female survivors of violence in Canada. She wrote this song using the words and experiences shared by participants with Cathy Van Ingen. You can find out more about Shape Your Life in my interview with Cathy in Episode 8. You can hear more of Nari's work by going to her Instagram: @narithesaga



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    • 26 min
    #65: Nicholas Hoekstra: Inclusive Martial Arts for Folks with Disabilities

    #65: Nicholas Hoekstra: Inclusive Martial Arts for Folks with Disabilities

    Nick Hoekstra is a doctoral student at the University of Kansas studying special education. He lost his sight at the age of eight and started wrestling in high school and practicing martial arts in college. Nick's career has focused on international development, especially around the promotion of special and inclusive education globally. He has lived and worked in five countries. Nick attributes his success and especially his ability to travel independently as a person with a disability to the confidence he gained through martial arts. Nick is currently a 2nd degree black belt in Judo, black belt in Aikido and purple belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu.

     

    Nick and Georgia discuss: 

     


    The benefit of martial arts specifically for people with disabilities.
    How martial arts have helped him, personally, with both skills and confidence in independent life and travel. 
    How martial arts is often such a close-knit community and how we can make these communities more inclusive. 
    Some of the struggles he's had within martial arts and why he doesn't stop practicing. 

     

    To contact Nick: nickhoekstra@gmail.com

    Nick on instagram: @nikohoek

     

    Sign up to the Conscious Combat Club newsletter here to get the latest updates about mindful and trauma-informed martial arts practices, club and research.

     

    Join the Conscious Combat Club on Facebook to meet fellow listeners of this podcast and help us transform martial arts into more inclusive sports for everybody.

     

    If you'd like to join The Fight Back Project, you'll find the waitlists for Melbourne here and online here.

     

    If this podcast has inspired you to create your own trauma-informed martial arts program, you can register for my 12 week online course here.

     

    Thank you so much to Nari for the beautiful song "Shape Me" heard at the beginning and end of this episode. Nari wrote this song about Shape Your Life, a boxing program for self-identified female survivors of violence in Canada. She wrote this song using the words and experiences shared by participants with Cathy Van Ingen. You can find out more about Shape Your Life in my interview with Cathy in Episode 8. You can hear more of Nari's work by going to her Instagram: @narithesaga

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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Learningmama27 ,

Depth, warmth and expertise

Thanks Georgia, I've listened to 4 of your episodes and gotten a heap from them. I'm a new Aikido student and had to work through some old challenges to get onto the mats. I enjoy your focus on the body’s response to stress and how martial arts can help. This podcast also fits well with my work supporting parents - the parenting world is also learning how co-regulation and connection are the key to a thriving family. Loving the synchronicities! Thanks for all your hard work, care and skill in putting this podcast together. 😍

Pen that punches. ,

Awesome podcast

This is a really informative podcast. As a martial artist of several years I really connect with how women feel about martial arts and the emotional connection you can have with your sport. This podcast has really broadened my knowledge about trauma and the connection it has with martial arts.

jlhguhbjiuyif ,

Great to hear

Discussing really important things in a really accessible way

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