THE RIGHT TO FEEL SAFE IN YOUR OWN SKIN.
ABOUT PHYSICAL EMPOWERMENT
Physical trauma, of any kind, can leave an indelible impression in the hearts and minds of the people who experience it.
Physical, emotional, mental. Three corners of a triangle; they are all needed in order to build confidence in yourself and your own physical presence. Traditional self-defence courses tend to focus on the physical aspect but overcoming a traumatic past needs a more holistic approach.
Practically all courses and resources offered to people who have survived physical trauma are focused on mental and emotional confidence-building and empowerment but there are very few organisations in the UK which offer survivors of physical trauma the opportunity to get in touch with their own physicality and inner strength. We seek to change that by offering a comprehensive model of training, encompassing the emotional, physical and mental aspects of self-defence.
You are not alone
Women are disproportionately affected in terms of experiencing domestic violence and abuse in their lifetimes. In fact, according to Fighting Chance Foundation, “Women are more than twice as likely as men to be the victims of domestic abuse but less than half as likely to learn self-defence through regular martial arts training.”
Physical Empowerment aims to change this. With us, you will work within your own boundaries, get in tune with your body, and truly understand the physical strength and power that you hold within.
At Physical Empowerment, we also understand that physical training may unleash feelings of inadequacy that have been buried for a long time. If at any time the training is too much, or if memories come flooding back, we always have a safe space for our members to take a break and regroup. There will always be an ear to listen, or a shoulder to cry on, and you will never be pressured to continue with something you aren’t comfortable with.
Physical Empowerment works with male and female instructors and we believe this is important; in order to tackle violence in society, the good men must work alongside the women. We understand that you may struggle with this and nothing is compulsory but we like to think that as a result of our training, this will be something you can consider.
Benefits of Physical Empowerment training
Just because you are prepared to take control, it doesn’t mean you are going to turn into a hostile, forceful person. Being prepared with the proper tools doesn’t make you aggressive. It makes you smart, self-aware and ultimately gives you a better chance of recognising danger signals long before you need to use any physical moves.
Survivors of physical trauma may be uncomfortable setting physical space boundaries, and are unlikely to have a strong sense of autonomy over their own body and mind. They may also, due to past traumatic experiences, be unable to accurately assess and evaluate perceived threats in an effective manner. Physical Empowerment helps to develop essential skills, such as; owning your personal space, raising your awareness levels, listening to and believing in your instincts and feeling more confident in your ability to protect yourself.
What happened to you is not your fault. When in vulnerable situations, especially facing physical aggression, your brain, mind, and body will react in the only way they know how.
Physical Empowerment courses aim to be transformational for those who attend because every individual has the right to feel safe in their own skin and that includes you!
We believe in you and we believe you can do anything you set your mind to.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you attend a Physical Empowerment course, you will never be expected to take part in any activity or physical move that you are not happy about. The idea is to push yourself and try to face your demons but it is important that you do that at your pace. You do not have to rush to complete anything on the course, that is partly why the weekly sessions are there afterwards.
We are here to work with you, not to frighten you. Every course will be designed so there is a safe space where people can go for time out and there will be people on hand if you want a listening ear.
"Self-defence is not just a set of techniques, it is a set of beliefs and it starts with the belief that you are worth defending."