Making Friends with Martials Arts | Canberra Region Activity Wrap Up

Our wellbeing activities are about more than just learning a new skill or being active, they are also a great way to build social connections. During a recent Martial Arts 8 Week program in the Canberra region, it was witnessed first hand!

“I wasn’t going to come back after the first class because I was nervous and I didn’t really know anyone, but I am glad I kept coming. I actually made a friend here.”

Participants made new friends, exchanged contact details and were discussing their car pool arrangements to the next Fortem Activity. They connected regularly over the course of the 8 week program which was hosted by Dark Carnival, celebrating by ordering pizza for everyone on the final night. A few participants formed a friendship and have decided to continue with the classes together. Group classes are a great way to connect and socialise with other local first responders, to boost participants wellbeing by broadening social networks.

“I feel a lot more confident to talk to new people with common interests since participating in this activity.”

Participants learned a range of new Martial Arts disciplines including Muay Thai, Brazilian Jujitsu and a range of self-defence techniques. Martial arts are a great exercise to improve and maintain physical health, and relieve stress, for your mental fitness. Plus learning a new skill has been correlated with positive effects on well-being.

“This was a great activity, I learned a lot about how to defend myself in one on one combat, I am going to keep coming here.”

Find a wellbeing activity for first responder families in the Canberra region on our Wellbeing Activity Calendar.

Fortem activities are designed to support the mental fitness of our first responder families. Read more about Our Approach.
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