Helping women stand strong and realise their potential is the aim of a special martial arts program.
Running over four weeks next month, Hunter Valley Martial Arts Centre’s Women’s Empowerment Program is for girls aged 14 and older.
With four key lessons – finding your strength, finding your power and voice, building trust and intuition, and setting and maintaining boundaries – program lead Kelie Fisher says it is all about helping participants change their mindset.
“Women’s self defence is more than just physical, it’s about the way you carry yourself and being able to use your voice,” Sensei Fisher said.
“It’s about allowing people to see who they are and to be strong and connect with other people so they can be the best version of themselves.
“We want to teach the mental and emotional side of self defence – martial arts is for everyone.”
The four week schedule is free in celebration of Mother’s Day, it’s been adapted from a 10 week program to help women take a step forward.
“I don’t think anyone is incapable of martial arts,” Sensei Fisher said.
“Just have a go at it because you’ll be surprised, everyone gets something different out of it.
“Mums want to be strong role models, so it is just giving it a go, it’s brave just walking through the door.
“You don’t have to be brave to fight someone, it’s being brave enough to push yourself out of your comfort zone.”
She adds it can change the way women see themselves.
“Participants can [develop] a positive body image so they change their mindset when it comes to their bodies,” she said.
“I even had someone say to her legs ‘I am so sorry I have hated you for so long’ because she didn’t know how strong she was.
“I think [the program] helps them to be the best they can.”
The clinics will be held at five centres at Warners Bay, Redhead, Waratah, Greenhills and Morisset.
Bookings are essential because spots are limited.
Go to huntermartialarts.com.au/mothers-month-special-event/ for more information or to book your spot.