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  • Published: 29 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9781623176150
  • Imprint: North Atlantic
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 270
  • RRP: $32.99

Transforming Trauma with Jiu-Jitsu

A Guide for Survivors, Therapists, and Jiu-Jitsu Practitioners to Facilitate Embodied Recovery



Heal from trauma and PTSD with the martial art of jiu-jitsu--written for survivors, mental health therapists, and trauma-informed martial arts instructors.

This groundbreaking book introduces jiu-jitsu as a powerful embodied modality for trauma survivors in recovery, and includes 10 grounding practices, self-defense techniques, and 30 instructional photos.

Unhealed trauma--from “little t” traumas to complex PTSD--leaves a lasting imprint on the bodies and minds of survivors. And in the aftermath of trauma, many people experience shifts in how they feel, connect with others, and interact with the world at large. This embodied, whole-person approach will help you heal the wounds of traumatic stress and how it shows up within yourself and your relationships, from disembodiment and numbness to anger, fear, anxiety, confusion, and dissociation.

As part of a martial arts trauma recovery program, you’ll learn about:

• Trauma, embodiment, and the transformative power of jiu-jitsu
• Self-defense skills that can help survivors of violence define boundaries and feel safe, secure, powerful, and at home in their bodies
• Creating a welcoming, responsive practice space as a studio owner
• Integrating jiu-jitsu practice into a safe, accessible recovery protocol for survivors--and how therapists can recommend them to clients or build them into a treatment plan

Written for trauma survivors, mental health clinicians, and martial arts practitioners and studio owners who want to create a safe, empowering, and trauma-sensitive space, Transforming Trauma with Jiu-Jitsu is a unique and vital guide to healing trauma’s invisible wounds.

  • Published: 29 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9781623176150
  • Imprint: North Atlantic
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 270
  • RRP: $32.99

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