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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.

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    • 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.

    #48: Penny Mckay - Nevertheless, she persisted - Cults, Survivorship and Kickboxing

    #48: Penny Mckay - Nevertheless, she persisted - Cults, Survivorship and Kickboxing

    Today (November 25th 2021) is The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. 

     

    To increase awareness of the domestic violence prevalent in all communities, Penny McKay, graduate of The Fight Back Project, asked me if we could share her story today. 

     

    I want to make it very clear that Penny asked me if she could share her story in the hope that it might help someone listening. I do not and will not ever ask my clients to share their stories, this was her choice. 

     

    Please also note that this episode comes with a trigger warning and know that we do discuss a cult, abuse, rape and other potentially triggering topics. Please be kind to yourself and listen at your pace, if you like. 

     

    Not only is Penny a survivor, she is an advocate and diversity and inclusion advisor with qualifications in psychology, disaster recovery, gender and development and currently completing her masters in women’s and gender studies at Flinders University. 

     

    Penny and Georgia discuss: 


    Penny’s story from growing up in a cult, to being sexually assaulted as a teenager, being raped by a trusted partner, and the impact on her nervous system throughout her journey.
    Why Penny googled ‘trauma informed kickboxing’
    Penny’s experience with The Fight Back Project and what makes it trauma informed to her. 
    How The Fight Back Project has impacted Penny
    Why kickboxing can be helpful for survivors, rather than harmful as many people assume.
    What the patriarchy is, how it contributes to abuse and how ‘choice’ leads to empowerment
    Penny’s work you did with women in prison who used force
    Overfunctioning vs underfunctioning in response to anxiety or stress 
    The lack of affirmative consent laws and how our legal system perpetuates violence.



    Instagram: voiceofsmallchange

    Twitter: smallchange__

    Website www.voiceofsmallchange.com

     

    Resources: 

     https://blueknot.org.au/

    https://1800respect.org.au

    https://qlife.org.au/

    https://mhfa.com.au/

     

    Cover photo by instagram: joel_adams

     

    • 1 hr 37 min
    #47: Kylie Hunts-in-Winter - How Martial Arts Made Me a Brave Woman

    #47: Kylie Hunts-in-Winter - How Martial Arts Made Me a Brave Woman

    Kylie is a Kenpo black belt and life long martial artist. She started training martial arts in her childhood and has trained in Brazillian JiuJutsu, Judo, Muay Thai, Wrestling, and MMA. She created the Brave Woman Page in 2015, to share the stories of girls who do martial arts from all around the world.

    On this episode of the Fight Back Podcast, Georgia and Kylie talk about the story behind the Brave Woman Community and what it stands for.

    Kylie shares the impact of growing up in martial arts, the ways she feels it has made her more assertive and confident, the martial arts community and the impact of training on her mental health.

     

    Connect With Kylie on Instagram @bravewoman_

     

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    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

    • 44 min
    #46: Jo Colette - Hooked From the First Hit: A Story of Addiction with a Muay Happy Ending

    #46: Jo Colette - Hooked From the First Hit: A Story of Addiction with a Muay Happy Ending

    **Trigger Warning** - In this episode, we discuss addiction, abuse, rape and self harm. Like the title says, this story has a happy ending, but please honor your need for safety at all times while tuning in.

    Jo has now been in recovery from addiction for almost 10 years, been living a life free from unwanted violence and abuse for almost 4 years, owns a successful tattoo shop in Saint Catherine’s Ontario with her husband Chris, and fills the rest of her time training Muay Thai and jujitsu and making the most of every moment with her son

    Chris and Jo host a weekly zoom meeting for addiction recovery through the organization “Refuge Recovery”. The recovery meeting info is “Bond Street Tattoo Refuge Recovery” meeting Wednesday nights 6pm EST. Everyone welcome who’s interested in exploring a Buddhist approach to  recovery from addiction.

    https://refugerecoverymeetings.org/meetings/refuge-recovery-bond-street-tattoo-st-catharines-on-wednesdays-online-6pm-est-3pm-pst

    Zoom meeting ID: 892 3942 7077

    You can connect with Jo on instagram @jocoletteart

     

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    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 36 min
    #45: Erin Herle - Submit The Stigma

    #45: Erin Herle - Submit The Stigma

    Erin Herle is a BJJ black belt who started the #submitthestigma campaign after she lost her father Robin Herle to suicide.

    Erin started training jiu-jitsu in the summer of 2009 after being diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, ADHD, and suffering bouts of depression.

    Today, Erin tours the world (not literally atm because, you know, the pandemic) teaching seminars loaded with humor and sprinkled with mental health advocacy.

    On this episode of the Fight Back Podcast, Georgia and Erin jam about the importance of mental health and how martial arts is an epic medium to improve mental health and help you overcome your trauma.

    Erin and Georgia discuss:


    How the stigma around mental health historically manifested for Erin
    What attributes of BJJ make it helpful for mental health and potentially life saving
    The not so obvious ways learning to fight is a form of self defense
    Learning to take up space
    Learning to regulate emotions
    What 'self care' really means and why most of the stuff on instagram is BS
    Hypothetically, what would a stigma-free BJJ class look like

    And loads more. This is a long episode, fair warning. It's a podcast so pause and take a break whenever you like but I highly recommend sticking with it because there's a lot of great nuggets of wisdom in here!

    Connect With Erin on IG:

    @erinherle

    @submitthestigma

     

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    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 46 min
    #44: Things You Should Know About Interoception

    #44: Things You Should Know About Interoception

    Georgia Verry - Things You Should Know About Interoception

     

    On this episode of the Fight Back Podcast, Georgia talks about what interoception is, and how it relates to PTSD. She goes into detail about why you should care about this as a topic as it relates to you as a martial arts coach, as a martial arts student, as a person who might have experienced trauma or as a person with friends and family that might have experienced trauma.

     

    What you will learn:


    What interoception means
    How it's useful to learn interoception for everybody
    Why Georgia suggests that interoception is such an important thing for everyone to be aware of for its capacity to help us use the body as an anchor for meditation
    How Georgia implements interoception at The Fight Back Project

     

    Join our Webinar by registering via THIS LINK.

     

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    Safie is a violence prevention app that could save your life!

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    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

    • 45 min
    #43 Minna Kim - Martial Arts Saved Me Twice

    #43 Minna Kim - Martial Arts Saved Me Twice

    **Trigger Warning*** This episode includes details of Minna's experience with domestic violence including the many ways she ways abused. Listeners may feel uncomfortable hearing what is described.

     

    Minna Kim is domestic violence survivor and an MMA, Muay Thai and jiu jitsu practitioner. She also has a masters degree in child and youth care counseling with a special interest in youth protection.

     

    In this episode of the Fight Back Podcast, Georgia gets a glimpse of Minna’s story on her escape from domestic violence and how martial arts saved her from the 4 years of traumatic events. Tune in for an inspiring story of overcoming adversity and rebuilding herself to become the person that she is today.

     

    “I encourage you to do what is best for you and your children. The worst that you want is to have your children think that abuse is normal or that it's okay to treat people the way you are being treated.” - Minna Kim

     

    How To Get Involved :

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    Thank you to our sponsor: Safie.

    Safie is a violence prevention app that could save your life!

    https://apps.apple.com/au/app/safie/id1548410357

    https://www.safie.com.au/

    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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Brilliant series explaining the link between martial arts and the helpful and healing role it can have both on mental health, and specifically on trauma. A mix of scientifically researched information and real life examples from those involved in martial arts and psychology - my favourite part is that it is clear and easy to follow! and hosted by someone passionate about this project and podcast series. Only listen if you are prepared to get excited about martial arts!

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