The Fight Back Podcast

The Fight Back Podcast

Hosted by: Georgia

"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...

Episodes

#70: Become an ally to trans and gender diverse martial artists

Season #1

Leading up to International Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, people and organizations around the world participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise awareness of trans and gender diverse...
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#69: Pharrell Shaymar:"I will never become biologically male, but I am a gentleman"

Season #1

Pharrell Shaymar (he/they) AKA "The Pad Technician" Pharrell is a professional boxing coach with over 10 years' experience coaching athletes, amateur boxers, women's self defence programs, and group fitness. Pharrell...
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#68: Bobbie Lewallen: A Life of Muay Thai

Season #1

*TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL ABUSE*  Bobbie Lewallen (she/her) has been practicing Muay Thai for 10 years. She is a survivor of sexual abuse from childhood to early adulthood Georgia and Bobbie discuss: · Starting Muay...
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#67: Martina Hildegard Gray Bear: Her Commitment to Women, Children, the Oppressed, All Beings and Our Planet

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Martina is a queer intercultural / international martial artist living in the US. Martina is a queer teacher, storyteller, & communication consultant. Martina is a commitment to women, children, the oppressed, all...
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#66: Sammy-Jo Lawler : Returning to BJJ after Sexual Assault

Season #1

**Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault**   Sammy was a victim of rape and sexual assault, and she made the journey back into Jiu Jitsu   Georgia and Sammy-Jo discuss:  Close contact training problems and how to deal with...
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#65: Nicholas Hoekstra: Inclusive Martial Arts for Folks with Disabilities

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Nick Hoekstra is a doctoral student at the University of Kansas studying special education. He lost his sight at the age of eight and started wrestling in high school and practicing martial arts in college. Nick's...
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#64: Mint Licata: Muay Thai, The Outlet That Saved Mint from a Life of Street Violence

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Muay Thai was the outlet that saved Mint from a life of street violence and rage. In this episode you'll hear how her stepfather introduced her to Muay Thai to help her deal with racist bullying.    Mint and Georgia...
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#63 : Anna Drews: The Polyvagal Theory and Martial Arts

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Dr Annette Drews is a Professor for Social Medicine who currently does research on the contribution of Martial Arts in trauma therapy. Due to an accident at 2 years of age, she continued to be accident prone...
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#62: Alex Ueda: Grounded Grit in Jiu-Jitsu

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Software developer by day, a vessel of life lessons and first-degree black belt jiu-jitsu instructor by night, Alex Ueda made his first foray into jiu-jitsu after attending UCLA, where he majored in physics. A...
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#61: Les Bubka: Karate for Mental Health

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Les is the founder of Karate for Mental Health, a disability karate coach and author of Anxious Black Belt and The Dark Side of Karate. Les and Georgia discuss:  How karate helped Les Inclusivity in karate  Karate as...
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#60: Alex & Laurien Zurhake: The Many Ways Trauma Informed BJJ can Widen your Window of Tolerance

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Alex and Laurien are two BJJ purple belts, active competitors and own a trauma informed martial arts and yoga school in Munich, Germany as well as Off The Zone, an online interactive platform where they help fellow...
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#59: Erik Hein: How to Be a Great Martial Arts Teacher

Season #1

Erik Hein has made a career out of teaching. He has taught martial arts, martial arts coaches, elite police teams, emergency services workers and more. Erik is incredibly knowledgeable in the world of motor learning...
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