66 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.

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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.

    #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
    #64: Mint Licata: Muay Thai, The Outlet That Saved Mint from a Life of Street Violence

    #64: Mint Licata: Muay Thai, The Outlet That Saved Mint from a Life of Street Violence

    Muay Thai was the outlet that saved Mint from a life of street violence and rage. In this episode you'll hear how her stepfather introduced her to Muay Thai to help her deal with racist bullying. 

     

    Mint and Georgia also discuss: 


    Why Mint got breast implants and why she is having them removed
    Being a female fight photographer in Thailand 
    Mint's future plans as she returns to fighting 

     

    To connect with Mint on Instagram:

    @saoseua.x (muay thai page) @mintlicataphoto (photography page)

     

    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 17 min
    #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

     

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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 .