Transforming Trauma with Jiu-Jitsu



Jaime Marich


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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.

• FIRST OF ITS KIND: While embodied healing practices are well established, most trade books on this topic focus on yoga or dance. This book opens up an entire new avenue of empowered, embodied healing that helps readers reclaim their lives and connect to their power in the aftermath of trauma.

• EMBODIED MODALITY: Embodied movement practices are gaining popularity as effective healing methodologies, and scientific research shows that mindful embodiment practices have innumerable mental health benefits.

• INNOVATIVE & EMPOWERING METHOD: Jiu-jitsu is unique among martial arts practices in its emphasis on leverage and body positioning vs. brute strength. This book is accessible to readers who may lack size or strength, but who want to process trauma and learn practical self-defense skills. This book is welcoming, isn’t intimidating, and its jiu-jitsu forms and philosophies reinforce trauma recovery principles.

• EXPERT WRITING TEAM: Marich and Pirkl are both clinical therapists, both trauma survivors, and both jiu jitsu practitioners. They treat the material with care and knowledge, because they have experienced and embodied it from every angle.

• PROVEN AUTHOR: Jamie Marich’s 2020 book, Trauma and the 12 Steps, has sold ~5k books in 9 months. Marich is respected and beloved for her approachable and compassionate tone, deep knowledge base, and ability to authentically connect with readers.

• SELF-DEFENSE PROGRAM FOR WOMEN: This book includes the authors’ own extensive research on the impact of a self-defense program designed specifically for women. While the embodied practice of a martial art can be inherently healing, the practical implications of a martial arts practice mean readers can access empowerment, confidence, practical techniques to fend off an attacker, and rebuild feelings of safety shattered by trauma.

• FOR CLINICIANS AND INSTRUCTORS, TOO: This book includes practical chapters for therapists and jiu-jitsu instructors. Clinicians and mental health practitioners will learn more about embodied recovery options for referral and skill-set expansion; and jiu-jitsu instructors will learn how to be trauma-informed and better work with survivors in their classes.

Jaime Marich

JAMIE MARICH, Ph.D. (she/they) speaks internationally on topics related to EMDR therapy, trauma, addiction, dissociation, expressive arts, yoga, and mindfulness, and maintains a private practice in her home base of Warren, OH. She founded and directs The Institute for Creative Mindfulness and developed the Dancing Mindfulness approach to expressive arts therapy as well as Yoga for Clinicians. Marich has written numerous books, notably Trauma.
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