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Healing Through Martial Arts

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Event description

This is a free group exclusively for current or waitlisted SASS clients.

No previous experience required.

TIME: Thursdays 2.30-3.30pm

Carla Willing

  • Qualified Judo Coach
  • Judo Brown Belt
  • Brazlilian Jiujitsu Blue belt 
  • Therapeutic Specialist and Educator

Judo and grappling classes. Trauma informed, small group sessions, focused on supporting recovery, building confidence, skills and empowerment through movement and safe relationships.

What is Healing Through Martial Arts?

Healing Through Martial Arts is a place to discover how your body and mind can connect with each other through movements and skills based in judo and jiujitsu. Sessions will support clients to re-establish safety and trust in self and others, direct emotions in a productive and healthy way, develop and maintain healthy boundaries and practice mindful movement, develop self defense skills and build confidence in their own abilities.

How does martial arts support healing?

Healing Through Martial Arts encompass a holistic approach, blending physical movements and mindfulness.
Emerging research highlights that the ancient practice of martial arts can have a positive effect on stress reduction, emotional regulation, memory improvement, and self-efficacy, all processes often disrupted by trauma (Gladstone, 2018), and can also help to:

Alleviate emotional dysregulation and rage due to its focus on mindfulness, self-control, and emotional expression (DePrince & Cohen, 2018)
Reduce feelings of vulnerability and nurture empowerment after trauma or assault (Mousavi, 2019) Improve emotional resiliency and self-efficacy (Moore, 2021)

Boost confidence and self-trust after interpersonal trauma (Vargas, 2019) Nurture a deeper mind-body connection

Your safety and confidentiality

Your safety and confidentiality are paramount. Our group agreement on this and values will be discussed and reviewed in each session. Participants will engage in the practice at their own pace, level and ability with the support of the coach. All safety regulations and guidelines will be taught and followed to ensure participants are confident in themselves, the group and the activity.

The group will be encouraged to support each other’s development in a non-judgmental, fun and respectful way to ensure everyone has the opportunity to learn and experience the benefits of Healing Through Martial Arts

What to wear and bring?

Active wear (no zips or buttons) - t-shirt, shorts, trackpants, tights etc. Long hair tied up
Drink bottle

Have more questions?
You can call SASS at 6231 0044 or send an email to if you have further questions about the group.

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Refund policy

No refund policy specified.