Recovery Martial Arts

Traditional martial arts combines with modern neuroscience to create an fun and empowering program  during challenging times

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  • Private and Small Group Classes  for Adults, Children and Families
  • Designed to help particpants soothe the effects the recent isolation and anxiety from the Covid-19 experience.  Classes are designed to be both empowering and FUN
  • Meditative movements with breath awareness helps calm the mind and body
  • Traditional Martial Arts movements empower participants to feel safe  again and build a sense of personal power
  • Mindful Meditations done in class help controlling anxiety, enhancing self-awareness, and promoting emotional wellness.  Meditations are very user friendly
  • Helps build physical momentum forward by getting the body into action and awakens warrior spirit. 
  • Martial Arts training is known to build self esteem naturally from the inside out. Isolation from many of our support systems during distancing can diminish a sense of internal worth.
  • Earning a Karate belt feels great!


 Bessel van de Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score says that "martial arts may be one of the best treatments for traumatic stress." 

Still Harbor Interview - November 18, 2015

am I up for a class like this? yes!

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What is class like ?


-TRADITIONAL BLOCKS, STRIKES AND KICKS - Traditional Martial Arts movements  calibrated to each persons fitness level awakens ones inner warrior and one's heart rate.

-TRADITIONAL MARTIAL ARTS FORMS  - Think yoga, but all done standing up  without the intricate floor poses.  Coordinated breath turns this portion of the class into a moving breath meditation.

-FILIPINO STICKS -  Cooperative drills done with Filipino sticks enhance coordination and focus while providing bi-lateral stimulation to the brain.   Those vibrations are so healing.  The exercises are mesmerizing.  Students love this part of class and this is available to those sheltering together. 

-BASIC SELF DEFENSE - The class is infused with self defense tips to widen students coping tools.  These tools are a powerful to counter feelings of helplessness.

HEART PRACTICE MEDITATION - Rewire the Brain to Happiness  ends the class.

MUSIC  MAY BE USED TOO!

(we all need some fun)

Check out the video of one of the songs on the playlist 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xo1VInw-SKc

lessons available now (covid-19 safe)

Private and Semi Private and Summer Packages Available

Lessons done in the yard with 6 foot distance and masks.  Safety first.  Always! 


Individual, Family, Children's and small group lessons available.   Discounted packages available as well.   Call for pricing as we sculpt a program to meet you or your families individual needs. 


No more than 10 people per class.  

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A little bit of the science

Heart Practice Meditation - Rewiring The Brain Towards Happiness

Heart Practice Meditation - Rewiring The Brain Towards Happiness

Heart Practice Meditation - Rewiring The Brain Towards Happiness

Soothing Breath - One Sure Way to Calm the System

Heart Practice Meditation - Rewiring The Brain Towards Happiness

Heart Practice Meditation - Rewiring The Brain Towards Happiness

It seems too simple to be this powerful.   Recovery Martial Arts uses breath awareness on every step. 


https://time.com/4718723/deep-breathing-meditation-calm-anxiety/

You Gotta Connect to be Happy

Heart Practice Meditation - Rewiring The Brain Towards Happiness

How a Slinky Can Help Us to Understand Trauma

 We all need to reconnect to our "tribe".  Ritualized movement with others connects us at our core.


https://bigthink.com/videos/johann-hari-the-best-treatment-for-depression-lies-in-our-evolutionary-history

How a Slinky Can Help Us to Understand Trauma

How a Slinky Can Help Us to Understand Trauma

How a Slinky Can Help Us to Understand Trauma

Posture - Yes Your Mother Was Right

How a Slinky Can Help Us to Understand Trauma

Your Brain on Drums - Feel the Vibration

 Recovery Martial Arts works on posture in each move.  The body aligned in a healthy way sets the student up for resiliency.


https://www.nicabm.com/trauma-the-surprising-connection-between-posture-and-resilience/


Your Brain on Drums - Feel the Vibration

How a Slinky Can Help Us to Understand Trauma

Your Brain on Drums - Feel the Vibration

Filipino Sticks are used later in training and  is often  students favorite part of class.  These sticks. similar to drumming can change brain waves from beta to alpha.  Mesmerizing and oh, so fun! 

https://www.learnreligions.com/drum-therapy-1729574

About Us

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Mara Giovanni has a Masters Degree in Social work from Columbia University and is a Graduate of the Institute of Life Coach Training.  She has a 3rd degree Black Belt in Soo Bahk Do and has been teaching and competing nationally in Martial Arts for over 25 years.  She has taught both adults and children and is certified to move students through belt levels.  Special needs students are welcome.   Mara has daily mindfulness practice.  She studies at Wild Heart Meditation Center where she also creates and facilitates groups

Contact Us

Private Lessons Available - Price Variable Depanding on Class Size and Distance

If you have questions about the program, please get in touch.

Recovery Martial Arts

1011 Fatherland ST

Classes now......in yards and parks (615) 419-6009 recoverymartialarts.com

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