Trauma-informed jiu-jitsu™

Our sessions

Our sessions are led by an experienced female coach with a personal and professional understanding of trauma and mental health; you are entering into a safe and supportive environment.

What will I learn?

  • The difference between sport jiu-jitsu and self-defence
  • Defence from key standing attacks
  • Defence from key attacks on the ground
  • The key positions used in jiu-jitsu
  • The key concepts of positional control
  • How to escape from, control and restrain another person
  • How to take an opponent to the ground
  • How to submit your opponent on the ground

Who are these sessions suitable for?

You don’t have to have experienced trauma to join these sessions.

  • Females 18 years or older (transgender welcome)
  • People who have experienced any form of trauma and are looking to regain confidence or feel empowered
  • People who are not comfortable training with or around males
  • People who are unsure of how much physical contact they are comfortable with but would like to give it a go
  • All backgrounds, cultures and religious beliefs

What to expect

You may take part in as little or as much as you want and work at your own pace and comfort level.

Before you arrive

Please fill out our online waiver and contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

What to wear

For our 6-week course, our sessions will be conducted in everyday clothes. We recommend wearing comfortable sports trousers that don’t restrict your movement and a slim-fitting top so it doesn’t get caught on anything. Wearing a rash guard is recommended if you own one.

No shoes are allowed on the mat, so all training will be barefoot.

What to bring

  • A water bottle
  • A small gym towel
  • Thongs (to wear while off the mat)


  • Changing rooms with showers and toilets
  • Free parking directly outside and on the street
  • Large mat space with air-conditioned heating and cooling
  • A quiet space will be available if participants would like to take time out

Private and confidential

  • Sessions will be in Launceston, with the exact location provided after enrolment
  • We take privacy and confidentiality seriously and all staff and volunteers sign a non-disclosure agreement
  • We do not allow session photos for privacy reasons, but selfies are allowed