Supporting boys becoming men.
A 5-week program designed for 10 young men aged 14 to 16.
In this program, you’ll learn how to:
Defend yourself physically
You will practice 2 foundational life skills:
Martial Arts & Self-Defence
Together, these skills & practices can strengthen your body and mind,
as well as your ability to communicate & connect with others.
Connect with others, yourself, and your body.
The Tuesday nights are essentially an experiential introduction to:
- Open, honest, meaningful and safe communication with a group of young men.
- Learning how to create open, honest, meaningful and safe communication for yourself
For practical purposes, we frame this under teaching the boys how to be part of a functioning ‘Men’s Circle’. Essentially, a ‘Men’s Circle’ is just a useful framework that integrates interpersonal skills such as (emotional literacy, self-reflection, self-awareness, interpersonal sharing, non-judgemental active listening, reflecting on others’ experiences, etc).
We will gradually teach the boys requisite skills, such as creating group safety, ‘checking-in’, sharing, and ‘holding space’ for others. This is done through an experiential process of self-reflection, pair-work, group activities, and workshops, and culminates in participating in a functioning ‘Men’s Circle’.
- Encourage boys to develop a more healthy and holistic way of relating and communicating as young men.
- Encourage boys to develop a more healthy and holistic understanding of themselves as young men.
Leroy’s mission as a mentor is to teach young people how to communicate and connect with others authentically.
In my experience, there is tremendous power and healing available in engaging with others this way; Put simply, it feels good to be deeply understood, and to deeply understand others.
What do I mean by ‘authentically’?
It seems to me, that authenticity with others (i.e. being ourselves), requires a level of vulnerability (i.e. unmasking ourselves).
That is, in order to feel really understood by others, we first need to be able to connect with and share what we really think and feel with them.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Self-Defence
Learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) can provide holistic benefits to a person’s physical, mental and social life.
It combines having a lot of fun, with a great workout, social connection, and teaches you an important skill set for life.
That skill set involves learning how to realistically defend yourself in a physical altercation, against someone larger or stronger than you.
BJJ can feel like magic because it doesn’t rely on strength, but by utilising technique, momentum, leverage, and the maximally efficient use of energy, to physically subdue, control and ‘submit’ an aggressor if necessary.
As BJJ practitioners, we are taught to avoid physical confrontations – to walk away from fights. But what if someone grabs you?
As a BJJ practitioner, you will learn how to confidently break someone’s grip, control them, throw them to the ground, and if necessary – ‘submit’ them via a joint lock or stranglehold.
Physically, BJJ will improve your strength, flexibility, and endurance. Likewise, when you are physically stronger you feel mentally stronger.
Mentally, the discipline and humility required to practice and spar BJJ can promote self-confidence and mental toughness. It’s a great way to release stress, anxiety, or aggression, in a healthy controlled way.
But more than that, it’s a lot of fun.
As a group of young men, there’s nothing more fun than battling your friends each week, and helping each other improve under a team culture of camaraderie, mutual respect, and teamwork.
BJJ is commonly perceived by proponents as offering “a strong philosophy to live by” with the potential for collective, and individual well-being and health (Gracie, 2010).
Key Program Details
The program runs for 5 consecutive weeks, with the group meeting twice per week (on Tuesday and Saturday) for 90 Minutes.
Location: Mona Vale
Tuesdays 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm (Group Communication & Mindfulness Meditation)
Saturdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu)
Limited to 10 boys aged 14 to 16.
For eligible participants we encourage utilising a GP-referral and obtaining a Mental Health Care Plan for 10 subsidised sessions (e.g. If your son has anxiety, depression, or any other mental health issue).
Doing so will bring the out-of-pocket fee down to (approximately) $45.50 per session, $91 per week, and $455 for the 5 weeks (after rebates).
Without a Mental Health Care Plan, the investment is $200 per week, and $1000 for the 5-week experience.
Course Dates & Availability
Dates: 11th April – 13th May
(Starts first week of school holidays)
Dates: May 30th – July 1st
(During school term)
Join a fun and supportive group environment
Gain a set of foundational life skills and practices
Connect with other boys who share similar interests and goals
And learn how to:
- Communicate effectively
- Defend yourself
So, what are you waiting for?
Sign up fo Connect Project today and connect with your best self!