Rock and Water
For more information on hosting or attending a Rock and Water One Day Introductory Workshop or a 2 Day Rock and Water Focus on Women and Girls Workshop please contact Liz at Black Belt Martial Arts full time centre in Wyoming 43 28 18 78
ROCK AND WATER FOCUS ON WOMEN AND GIRLS
The Rock and Water Focus on Women and Girls Workshop has been developed in the wake of the highly successful Rock and Water programme for boys, first founded in 1994 by Mr Freerk Ykema.
Originally designed to help boys social - emotional development, as teachers brought the Rock and Water programme to their classrooms it became clear that the benefits extended also to the girls who were participating in the lessons. It was also evident that girls and boys differ in their social - emotional development and that the challenges of relationships, family, school, peer pressure, identity and roles in society were also different.
The Rock and Water Focus on Girls and Women has been designed on the strong foundations of Self Confidence, Self Control and Self Awareness already in the programme for boys but we have added a 4th foundation - Stepping into Action. While boys grow up with often a strong sense of their physical presence, many girls for reasons - social, physiological and psychological, do not and this lack of physical awareness and confidence in their connection to their body can cause them to become “stuck” in situations. This can manifest itself in indecision, over thinking, staying in toxic relationships and depression.
Generally speaking, for girls, empathy comes more easily than for boys and while the Rock and Water programme for boys works to help them develop more empathy, the Rock and Water for girls helps girls not lose their sense of self in another, to be able to connect and communicate deeply with others while being personally powerful enough to make their own choices in life.
The flip side to women losing their identity in their role to care for others (partners, children, parents) is that women who may have experienced disempowerment through abusive relationships, violence, discrimination or just for lack of good female role models may become disconnected from their emotions and empathic sensibilities and act out violently or destructively.
More commonly amongst girls, however, is that this disempowerment or violence is turned inward and can lead to depression, self harm, eating disorders and anxiety.
The Rock and Water Focus on Girls and Women uses physical- psycho- social exercises designed to enlighten them to the possibility of their physical strength, that can then deeply connect them to their inner strength both emotionally and mentally. The course empowers those in need of learning how to stand on their own two feet and to be the captain of their own life’s path. For others who may have become callous in order to “survive”, it reconnects them to their empathic being, to their emotions, their own vulnerability and allows them to trust others because they are “strong” enough to do so.
The course is essential to all those who work with women and girls. It is run over two days and is supported with manuals, dvd’s and other resource materials. The course is divided into 10 lessons but can be condensed or expanded to fit the time constraints of school terms for example. This programme is already being implemented in schools, in community groups and welfare agencies around the world and is being received with enthusiasm by the facilitators we are training.
2 day Rock and Water Focus on Girls and Women is listed by the NSW Institute of Teachers as an accredited course for professional development accreditation.
“Investment in the education of girls may well be the highest-return investment available in the developing world.”
Lawrence Summers, economist, President Emeritus and Charles W. Eliot University Professor of Harvard University.
“Study after study has shown us that when women are fully empowered and engaged, all of society benefits,”
Dr Asha- Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary General United Nations
More about Liz:
Liz has been a full time martial arts professional since 1987. She is a 6th dan in karate and a 2nd dan in Okinawan weaponry. She is the founder and Master Instructor of Black Belt Martial Arts which has five full time schools on the Central Coast of NSW, and part time schools in Sydney and The Snowy Mountains. Liz had a very successful competition career spanning 10 yrs from 1982 - 1992. During that time she was a multiple NSW State Karate Champion, multiple Australian Karate Champion, an Australian Karate Team member for 5 years and international medallist. From 1992 - to today she has held positions as NSW State Karate team coach and Australian Karate Team Coach.
Liz is also a Martial Arts Business Coach, helping martial arts professionals from all codes improve their systems and services to their communities. Before taking on Martial Arts full time, Liz was a registered nurse and midwife and studied philosophy, psychology and sports science at university.