Survivor on the Mat: Trauma-Aware Training for Survivors of Sexual Violence

Written by Lynne Marie Wanamaker. Posted in Body, Defend Yourself!, Featured Posts, Martial Arts

Halfway through our personal training session my client became disoriented, unfocused, and weepy. Before we began working together she told me that she was a trauma survivor. We were stretching in a peaceful studio when she became overwhelmed with emotion.

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“I don’t understand why this is happening now,” she said.

“You brought your body with you,” I reminded her.

Hits That Heal

Written by Becca Deysach. Posted in Defend Yourself!, Featured Posts, Martial Arts

The Transformative Power of Fighting in the Art of Poekoelan Tjiminde Tulen

The Transformative Power of Fighting in the Art of  Poekoelan Tjiminde Tulen

It’s dark, and I’m covered from head to toe in the blackest clothes I own. My hair sprouts the ferns I tangled into it when I was shown my hiding spot, and I am trying to keep my breath steady as I wait for the first person I will fight tonight. Four students are 20 hours into their 48-hour black belt test in the martial art of Poekoelan Tjiminde Tulen, and my five-foot-high self is the last obstacle between them and their candle at the end of the trail–a warm glow signifying that their 24-hour meditation period has begun.

I Did It: I Joined Taekwondo

Written by zzz zzz. Posted in I Did It! Readers Stories of Personal Triumph, Martial Arts, Spirit

By Jaime Lintott

The problem is, I have Social Anxiety Disorder and as I get older, it gets worse, I get worse.

Prior to me joining Taekwondo, my life consisted Gilmore Girls reruns and a bag of Smartfood. The older I get the harder it’s become to get away with hiding in my room. I’m going to be 30 soon. I know this isn’t old but I also know that it’s old enough to have collected some pretty bad habits and really bad coping mechanisms, which, for me, mostly consisted of hiding or running scared.

Then, this past December, I watched Taekwondo at my local YMCA and fell in love.

RE: Spect in Motion

Written by Germania Solorzano. Posted in Defend Yourself!, Featured Posts, Martial Arts, Think, Think Features


Finding the Grace of Life in Aikido

Imagine you are standing at a storefront window looking into room devoid of furniture but covered in thick mats. You see people wearing karate type uniforms, but this doesn’t look like karate. They take turns trying to grab each other–usually by the wrists, maybe the collar – and sometimes they are successful but other times their partner deftly evades grasp, stepping to the side just in time.

It looks a bit like a choreographed dance, something you’d see on Dancing with the Stars, but instead of a graceful bow to the judges, one of the partners either gets thrown, rolling with the landing and hopping back up, or gets pinned to the floor. Odd choreography, indeed.

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