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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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Jill Baker Shames is a clinical Social Worker specializing in empowerment and therapeutic self-defense and martial arts. Jill has been a martial arts instructor for over 30 years and she's also the head trainer for Kids Kicking Cancer Israel which is where she is currently based.In this episode Georgia and Jill dive into the profound effect of martial arts on people and why martial arts might save a life. Listen to another inspiring episode that will give you an insight into the difference between teaching martial art, teaching standard self-defense, and teaching empowerment self-defense.Georgia and Jill discuss:How Jill got interested in Martial artsEmpowerment and self-defense how it became therapeuticWhy listening to someone's story can actually save them from harm Connect with Jenny:FacebookThank 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 
To learn more about why I've started a "Go Fund Me", check out this link: gf.me/u/zkzxgm Sara is a mother and a survivor with an incredible story who had recently sided her journey into Brazillian Jiu-Jutsu.In this episode, Georgia and Sara talk about what led her to learn Jiu-Jutsu and how the idea of building an incredible app that can save many lives especially those victims of domestic abuse. Tune in to another inspiring episode of The Fight Back Podcast!Georgia and Sarah discuss:How she cope up with her experience from an abusive partnerWhy things need to change when it comes to domestic violenceWhat government services you can get and take advantage of to help you stand up again  How Sara found a comfortable place within the martial arts community who continuously support herConnect With Sara:InstagramResources mentioned:NDISMagistrates Court AusVOCATCrime Hotline 1800 333 000Thank 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 
To learn more about why I've started a "Go Fund Me", check out this link: gf.me/u/zkzxgm Jenny Valentish, author of Everything Harder Than Everyone Else. Jenny is an amateur Muay Thai fighter and a journalist. In this episode, Georgia and Jenny explore the chapters of the Everything Harder Than Everyone Else book and give you a glimpse of what you will learn from it as an athlete or someone who loves sports and how martial arts can actually save someone’s life. Tune in to know the story of the Everything Harder Than Everyone Else book and why you should read it!Georgia and Jenny discuss:What makes the difference between someone who experiences pain in childhood is drawn to it and someone who experiences pain who avoids itHow sport helped others overcome their traumaEgo and anger, are they credible tools for fighting?How body change has such a profound impact on someone’s confidence and starts to impact other areas of their lifeThe crisis that all athletes encounterWill Jenny fight again?Get her awesome book here and check out The Fight Back Project in Chapter 5!Everything Harder Than Everyone ElseConnect with Jenny:InstagramThank 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 
 To learn more about why I've started a "Go Fund Me", check out this link: gf.me/u/zkzxgm In this weeks episode, Lauren Bailey and I talked about the difference between regular self-defense and empowerment self-defense.  We will also learn how important it for women and people who are healing to have a community that not only train you but also foster growth, strength, confidence and healing.You can follow and support Lauren @ https://www.thriveselfdefense.com/ 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 
To learn more about why I've started a "Go Fund Me", check out this link: gf.me/u/zkzxgm Simone Offord is a 2x K1 champion,She was introduced to kickboxing during the lowest of her life, She has a very valuable message for you that you don't want to miss out!Listen in to know more about how she learns to FIGHTBACK !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 
To learn more about why I've started a "Go Fund Me", check out this link: gf.me/u/zkzxgm My good friend and mentor @mindfully.curious explains what makes Trauma Sensitive Yoga different from traditional yoga, as we prepare to launch our taster program: The Curiosity Project. We also dig into how the work from @tctsy informed The Fight Back Project. If you’d like to try Trauma Sensitive Yoga AND Trauma-informed kickboxing, DM to find out how to secure one of the limited places.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
To learn more about why I've started a "Go Fund Me", check out this link: gf.me/u/zkzxgm John DeidoussMuay Thai Coach3x Amateur Striking ChampionPh.D. Student‐Cultural Studies in Sportsfocusing on social issues around combat sports particularly looking at people of color.  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
To learn more about why I've started a "Go Fund Me", check out this link: gf.me/u/zkzxgm Alanna Sheridan is the founder of Warrior Women Way. They empower women through Muay Thai and Mental Wellbeing Workshops in a safe, accepting, and female-only environment.Alanna found Thaiboxing during depressing times, and she has bad self-esteem. Martial Arts helped her gain confidence and thought her to be accountable. This episode tells us to SHOW UP, even when we don't feel like it. 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 You can reach Alanna Sheridan here;Instagram:@Alanna_sheridan@warriorwomanwayWebsite:Martial Arts | Los Angeles | Warrior Woman Way
To learn more about why I've started a "Go Fund Me", check out this link: gf.me/u/zkzxgm Dr. Syd Hiskey has an academic background in trauma psychology and more recently compassion-based therapeutic approaches. He has been doing martial arts for the last two decades and been focusing on Wing Chun Kung Fu (in which he has a black sash) and Mixed Self Defence/Martial Arts (Hybrid Defence).Dr. Neil Clapton is a Clinical Psychologist working in the NHS with adults with complex mental health issues in secondary mental health services in Swindon, specializing in the provision of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).By the age of 13 he already has a 1st degree Black Belt in Taekwando. This episode talks about how can martial arts training help manage our own responses to unfortunate life events. They aim to develop a program to further develop their distress tolerance and compassion resilience. 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
 To learn more about why I've started a "Go Fund Me", check out this link: gf.me/u/zkzxgm Noelle Bridgen is an Associate Professor of  Politics at Marquette University  and Founder of Pesas Y PoderPesas y Poder is a non-profit that promotes Gender Equity Community Empowerment, Healing from Trauma through the practice of strength sports. Listen in to know more about how Noelle empowers the community in El Salvador through powerlifting. 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 
To learn more about why I've started a "Go Fund Me", check out this link: gf.me/u/zkzxgmCeleste Hansen is an Australian Muay Thai Fighter living in Phuket, Thailand. Celeste struggled with depression and alcohol abuse until she found Muay Thai. She is now a PK-1 World Champion and Patong Stadium Champion.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
 To learn more about why I've started a "Go Fund Me", check out this link: gf.me/u/zkzxgm Claire Baxter is a Muay Thai World Champion and General Psychologist in Melbourne, Australia. This episode we get into some philosophical topics around fighting. Why do we fight, what can we learn about ourselves through fighting and how does fighting change us? Tune in especially to the second half for some wonderful food for thought for everyone in combat sports. Claire and Georgia discuss: Fighting despite being in a heavier weight classTraining and fighting in Thailand Her WPMF title and title “defence”Her WMC titleHow she went from being interested in high performance to wellbeingWhy Claire fights The importance of relationships in Muay Thai How Muay Thai has changed Claire as a personWhy Claire thinks Muay Thai might have helped others How Muay Thai has shaped Claire as a practitioner  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 
If you'd like to learn more about my women's online strength training group "Mindful Muscles", email me at fightbackproject@gmail.com or check out my website Hollie Bakerboljkovac is Counsellor and Coach in rural New South Wales. Hollie runs Motion Ninja Academy, a martial arts school combining Natural Movement with stand up combat skills. In her work as a Counsellor, she uses relational and somatic based therapy. She works with all ages, both in clinic and in nature (ecotherapy) and educates people for wholebody wellness (beyond counselling). She produces a yearly planner that’s in its sixth year of publication, with a cyclical approach to planning, habits and creating a life that sets you free. Hollie and Georgia discuss: Hollie's personal experience as a martial artist How her experience as a counsellor lead her to develop an anxiety informed martial arts school Her work as chair of the Braidwood says No to Violence Committee The prevalence of Domestic Violence Women’s circles and Martial Arts Menstruation Health and how to align your cycle to trainingMartial Arts for ADHDThank 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
Emma Thomas is a writer, activist and former Muay Thai fighter living in Bangkok, Thailand. She is the creator of the blog "Under the Ropes", a site for women interested in training Muay Thai in Thailand. Emma and Georgia discuss:  'We are fighters' a Muay Thai class for survivors of violence  How Self Defense classes for survivors can do more harm than good Emma's experience being sexually assaulted by a trainer in Thailand What it's like to train Muay Thai as a female in Thailand How power-lifting helped Emma when she stopped fightingEmma's advice for women coming to Thailand to train Emma's website is: https://undertheropes.com/about/ On Instagram Emma is @under_the_ropes: https://www.instagram.com/under_the_ropes/?hl=enOn Facebook Emma is: https://www.facebook.com/undertheropes/On Twitter Emma is: https://twitter.com/undertheropes?lang=enThe forum Emma discusses to check out before coming to Thailand to train is: https://8limbsus.com/muay-thai-forum/To donate to Bangkok Rising and support survivors of domestic violence on the Thai-Myanmar border: https://donorbox.org/freedomrestorationprojectIf you'd like to learn more about my women's online strength training group "Mindful Muscles", email me at fightbackproject@gmail.com or check out my website https://www.traumainformedkickboxing.com/programsThank 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 
Leah is the founder of empowered RX - a women's program about the transformative and healing power of wellness. She started Kung Fu at age 9 and leaned upon her expertise to help other women as well as herself. Leah and Georgia discuss:  How kung fu and kickboxing LITERALLY saved Leah when she was assaulted Leah's experience with PTSD Weightlifting, combat and exercise as an outlet for Leah Leah's response to clients becoming stressed by COVIDTeaching self defense over zoom  How to ditch your diet How to believe in yourself and lift HEAVYHow to develop a sleep routineTo connect with Leah: Instagram: empoweredrxLocation: https://prototypetraining.com/ Email: leah@prototypetraining.comPodcast: Empowered: Trauma-Informed Women's Health, Fitness and Nutritionhttps://anchor.fm/empoweredrx 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 
 Donna Lyon is the Founder of LEFT / WRITE // HOOK. A multi-modal creative arts research project and documentary designed to help women who have experienced sexual abuse and trauma find a connection to their body, mind and spirit through weekly transformative writing and boxing workshops. Donna and Georgia unpack: What does it mean to be "saved" Donna's story as a survivor starting boxing The Story of Left Write Hook How to use prompts to journal through trauma or anything on your mind The combination of writing and movement The Left Wrte Hook Documentary The Left Write Hook research https://www.internationaljournalofwellbeing.org/index.php/ijow/article/view/1505 The upcoming Trauma Informed Martial Arts Conference Contact Donna at https://www.facebook.com/leftwritehook or https://leftwritehook.wordpress.com/ 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 
Paul Linden is a body awareness educator, a martial artist, and an author. He is the developer of Being In Movement® mindbody education, and founder of the Columbus Center for Movement Studies in Columbus, Ohio USA. He holds a BA in Philosophy and a PhD in Physical Education. He has been practicing and teaching Aikido since 1969 and holds a sixth degree black belt in Aikido as well as a first degree black belt in Karate. He is an instructor of the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education. Paul and Georgia discuss: - Why Aikido "saves" people How to get hit and keep going- What Paul has learned from having Parkinson's disease- The use of humor when working with trauma survivors- Trauma informed vs regular aikido To connect with Paul, email him at paullinden@aol.com or visit his website: https://www.being-in-movement.com/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 women survicors 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 
 Dr Stephanie Phillips surveyed over 300  women about why they participate in combat sports. She found that many women were sharing stories of overcoming violence and trauma and using martial arts as an outlet and a means of healing. Steph has worked as a Muay Thai coach and up until covid was still a Muay Thai practitioner, although she spends most of her time drawing comic books these days. Steph and Georgia chat about: How she started Muay Thai Why people say Martial Arts saved meSteph's survey and what she foundWhy she started a women's only classWomen taking up spaceBruises on women Positive relationships with men in the gym Whether martial arts make people respectful or people only stay in martial arts if they are respectful. Advice for women joining a gym Advice for womenTo chat to Steph, you can connect with her on twitter at @steph_smash 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 women survicors 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   
 Livia Giles is a first degree black belt, a world champion international competitor, coach, physiotherapist and combat sports board member. Liv has a wealth of experience dealing with the pressure of being an elite athlete and spoke with Georgia about: The community in BJJThe value in learning a skillBJJ as meditation Being obsessed with being the bestBeing smaller than most people on the matHow to teach people how to train with you  Effective communication during rollsHow to create a club culture that welcomes womenWhy women need to roll with women How nerves and anxiety are a good thingHow she stopped focusing on feeling good or bad in competitionsWhy you should compete more often Having a panic attack/ feeling claustrophobic in a competition Tapping due to claustrophobiaThe physiology of panic attacksWeight cutting and body imageAppreciate your body! Liv started out as a gymnast in Poland. At age 18 she retired and transitioned into track cycling. When she was 24 she decided to take a break for competitive sport and went to university to become a physiotherapist. While working as a physiotherapist she met her now husband Dr Lachlan Giles PhD who introduced her to BJJ. And the rest is history.. Liv's Achievements in BJJ include: Copa Podio Superfight Winner (2016) UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro 2nd Place (2018) ADCC Asian Trials 2nd Place (2015) UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro 3rd Place (2017) IBJJF World Champion (2016 brown, 2013 blue) IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2013 purple) IBJJF Asian International Open Champion (2014 purple, 2016 brown) IBJJF Melbourne International Open Champion (2015** purple) IBJJF Melbourne International No-Gi Open Champion (2015 purple) IBJJF World Championship Runner-up (2015 purple) CBJJ Brazilian National Championship Runner-up (2014 purple) Follow @livia_giles on instagram for updates about seminars around Australia! https://www.instagram.com/livia_giles/?hl=en 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 women survicors 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  
 Meesha Hall is an NLP and integration coach and a BJJ blue belt. She is passionate about helping women use systems and strategic planning to free up time and energy so they can do more of what they love. Meesh and Georgia discuss: How Martial Arts provide structure in people's lives How Martial Arts teach discipline How Martial Arts teach respect How being brutally assaulted lead to Meesh starting BJJ How Meesh has turned her life around What Meesh has learned during COVID Why Meesh sold all her belongings Meesh's new business and how you can work with her Follow Meesh on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meesha.hall/ Book here to work with Meesh: https://calendly.com/alignyourlife/prodev?fbclid=IwAR1PvmpSA7-v8bscHI1UhcmTTbJFQQujxkSjbHIrTwUbTwnrdm5TH6DdCY0&month=2020-12 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 women survicors 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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