62 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

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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.

    #63 : Anna Drews: The Polyvagal Theory and Martial Arts

    #63 : Anna Drews: The Polyvagal Theory and Martial Arts

    Dr Annette Drews is a Professor for Social Medicine who currently does research on the contribution of Martial Arts in trauma therapy.

    Due to an accident at 2 years of age, she continued to be accident prone throughout her life. She overcame the physical and psychological consequences of her traumas through awareness based movement practices such as yoga, aikido and Feldenkrais. 

     

    Georgia and Anna discuss:


    What mindfulness is and the role it plays in trauma healing
    Why entering into awareness based movement practices through mindfulness might not work for people with trauma history
    The difference between shock trauma, developmental trauma and abandonment trauma
    The difference between prey and predator identification
    Why being knowledgeable about these concepts can be helpful in the practice of Martial Arts
    Why being knowledgeable about these concepts can be helpful for integrating the experience of trauma into resourceful living.
    How Martial Arts brought Anna out of "Freeze" and taught her how to transform survival driven energies into creativity, power, joy and love.

     

    Please contact Annette via her email: annette.drews@yahoo.

    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
    #62: Alex Ueda: Grounded Grit in Jiu-Jitsu

    #62: Alex Ueda: Grounded Grit in Jiu-Jitsu

    Software developer by day, a vessel of life lessons and first-degree black belt jiu-jitsu instructor by night, Alex Ueda made his first foray into jiu-jitsu after attending UCLA, where he majored in physics. A self-declared "fragile perfect" in his schooling and career, through his training, he found uniquely life-affirming perspectives and powerful mindsets that eluded him through university and a lifetime's participation in team sports. These days he enjoys a deep sense of purpose being the catalyst in others' journeys toward their best selves.

    Georgia and Alex discuss: 


    The meaning behind "Grounded Grit"
    Trauma informed Jiu Jitsu
    How martial arts hijack your innate survival instinct and put you directly in contact with practices that lead to rooted, authentic, growth

    This is a beautiful, deep conversation that I really enjoyed participating in and I know you'll love listening to! 

    To contact Alex: 

    Instagram: @groundedgrit 

    Website: www.groundedgrit.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 6 min
    #61: Les Bubka: Karate for Mental Health

    #61: Les Bubka: Karate for Mental Health

    Les is the founder of Karate for Mental Health, a disability karate coach and author of Anxious Black Belt and The Dark Side of Karate.

    Les and Georgia discuss: 


    How karate helped Les
    Inclusivity in karate 
    Karate as a mindfulness practice 
    Why karate can be great for mental health 
    How to coach clients with hearing loss 
    The importance of creating community 
    The difference between karate for mental health and "regular" karate

    To contact Les, please email info@lesbubka.co.uk 

    On social media you can find Les on instagram: @lesbubka

    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

     

    • 55 min
    #60: Alex & Laurien Zurhake: The Many Ways Trauma Informed BJJ can Widen your Window of Tolerance

    #60: Alex & Laurien Zurhake: The Many Ways Trauma Informed BJJ can Widen your Window of Tolerance

    Alex and Laurien are two BJJ purple belts, active competitors and own a trauma informed martial arts and yoga school in Munich, Germany as well as Off The Zone, an online interactive platform where they help fellow martial artists to become trauma informed.

    Georgia, Laurien and Alex discuss:


    Both their journeys from suffering sexual harrasment under a coach to founding a trauma informed school 
    What trauma is
    What the difference is in their trauma informed school vs a regular bjj school 
    The potential value of competitions 
    Dealing with sexual harrassment at your school 
    The pillars of the Off The Zone coaching program 
    Why martial arts can be therapeutic
    And (of course) why people often say "Bjj saved them" 

    To connect with Alex and Laurien check out their website and their instagram. (@off_the_zone) 

    You can listen to the book Alex mentioned about play for free on Audible: 

     

    Title: Play it Away (A workaholic's cure for anxiety) 

    Author: Charlie Hoehn

    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

    • 55 min
    #59: Erik Hein: How to Be a Great Martial Arts Teacher

    #59: Erik Hein: How to Be a Great Martial Arts Teacher

    Erik Hein has made a career out of teaching. He has taught martial arts, martial arts coaches, elite police teams, emergency services workers and more. Erik is incredibly knowledgeable in the world of motor learning and has written multiple books on the topic (though all in Dutch) and is currently writing a book about martial arts as therapy. 

    Erik and Georgia discuss: 


    How you can use the three Rs in class
    Performance under pressure
    Self determination theory  
    The attributes of a great martial arts teacher 
    How finding kyokushin karate saved Erik's life

    For more information about Erik:

    https://www.train-de-trainer.org/over-mij/

    https://www.erikheinacademy.com/ 

     

    To contact Erik:

    info@erikheinacademy.com

    https://www.instagram.com/erik.hein/

     

    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 4 min
    #58: Rew Mitchell: Awakening Female Fighters

    #58: Rew Mitchell: Awakening Female Fighters

    Rew Mitchell is the owner of Awakening Fighters. He supports and promotes female fighters around the world with the online database of athletes he created and maintains.

    Rew and Georgia discuss: 


    The sexualization of women in combat sports 
    How Rew, a male-identified person, came to create a data-base to empower female fighters
    Differences between male and female fighters 
    The uses of the database 
    Future plans for Awakening Fighters

    To connect with Rew:You can search "Awakening Fighters" on facebook and instagram or email: info@awakeningfighters.com

    If you identify as female, have fought/competed in any discipline and would like to be added to the database, please download the Awakening Profile Questionnaire, fill it in and return it to info@awakeningfighters.com

    For Rew's book: Way of the 69 Fists

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Way-69-Fists-popular-martial/dp/B084DH59GG

    To listen to the Taoism Book Rew mentions: Tao Te Ching (The Book of the Way)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVbNPQZwL6k

    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

    • 50 min

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After my PTSD diagnosis after several sexual aggressions, I’ve been meaning to get back on track into Martial Arts, after years without practicing due same diagnosis, because I’ve done judo before and I was convinced it would help me center the energy in a genuine conscious reconnection with my body . My therapist told me I was ready but I kept being scared without even trying. He recommended me BJJ. Researching for trauma informed care for my own clients, destiny lead me to this podcast. Finished most episodes during one seat-weekend, and next week is my first BJJ class. 😊 Thank you thank you ❤️ Wish a trauma informed class was a prerequisite for all martial arts trainers .

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