Walking into a jiu-jitsu gym for the first time can be intimidating for anyone, so our trauma-informed programs are designed to remove the barriers to entry for trauma survivors, particularly for women.
We take the knowledge and understanding of how trauma affects people’s lives to provide a service that avoids inadvertent triggers that may exacerbate trauma symptoms. Applied to a jiu-jitsu setting, we teach practical jiu-jitsu and jiu-jitsu-based self-defence skills at the pace and comfort level of the individual participants, who can take part in as much or as little as they are comfortable with.
“Studies have shown that programs that utilise a trauma-informed practice model report a decrease in symptoms, an improvement in consumers’ daily functioning, and decreases in the use of hospitalisation and crisis intervention.”– Mental Health Australia
A traumatic event can be any incident that causes physical, emotional, spiritual, or psychological harm. While it’s possible to experience trauma from a one-off event such as a bushfire, flood, sexual or physical assault in adulthood, or from fighting in a war, most people with trauma-related problems have experienced multiple traumas. This is known as complex trauma.
We focus on four “R”s: