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Chasta, Wellness & Life Coach: "I Practice Kickboxing as Medication through Motion"

Chasta, Wellness & Life Coach: "I Practice Kickboxing as Medication through Motion"

I threw a quick jab aimed at my instructor’s torso, immediately following up with a knee strike. The impact of both hits caused him to stumble back a few steps.

Imagine you’re being attacked. Picture I’m that person, that I’m coming after you. Show me how you can protect yourself, he had said at the start of class.

I threw a sidekick, slamming the punching bag in his hands against his body, causing it to shudder.

He had asked me to pretend, but I didn’t have to. After all, I’m a childhood trauma survivor. I had been there – more than once.

I continued to come at him. I kicked and punched, giving everything that I could possibly muster up within myself until finally, he told me I could stop.

My own experience being attacked had left me a shell of myself. In the aftermath of it all, I was left a vulnerable, quiet person. Hunched over, head down, eyes always pointed toward the floor.

But martial arts had changed something in me. I instantly fell in love with the classes, the exercises acting as medication in motion. They stripped away my tension, helping me to remain calm and clear throughout the day.

I lost inches and gained self-confidence. My self-esteem skyrocketed. I learned to walk with more conviction – shoulders back, head held high. I smiled more often. I even stopped wearing all-black clothes, trading them out for a wardrobe consisting of more vibrant, happier colors.

I may not be the strongest, the fastest, or have the best technique. But I now know how to defend myself. I’ve learned to not let myself be vulnerable, to never let myself be a target. I’ve learned to fight back.