Get physical and mental health fit with martial arts program

30 Aug 2022 |

30 August 2022

You don’t have to be a black belt in karate to take part in Southern Downs Regional Council’s Martial Arts for Mental Health program. You just need to be ready to get physical and have fun!

As part of 2022 Queensland Mental Health Week, Council will combat mental health by offering a fully-subsidised self-defence course for young people aged 15 – 25 years.

Southern Downs Councillor Sheryl Windle encouraged the region’s resilient young people to exercise their emotional mindfulness with a martial arts workout.

“Checking in with yourself doesn’t come in a ‘one size fits all’ package. For some people craft, quiet activities or introspective moments are the best way to take time for mental health. But what about moving, making noise and taking up space as a way to make a connection between your life and your needs?” Councillor Windle said.

“Martial Arts for Mental Health is a free program designed to give young people aged 15 – 25 years the opportunity to engage in a martial arts course designed for them and the challenges life may throw at them, in a private, safe and comfortable environment.

“I encourage our young people to balance body and mind and take advantage of these free sessions.”

Martial Arts for Mental Health promotes the following:

  • Alleviate stress
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Boost your focus
  • Calls for self-reflection
  • Encouraging connection to your own body
  • Understanding what safety looks like to you

Classes will be limited to six participants per class.

Interested participants need to complete an Expression of Interest form that can be found online at and return it to Council by 5pm Wednesday 28 September 2022 via the details provided on the form.

Participants will need to be able to commit to a two-hour session per week for four weeks. Sessions will be scheduled based on availability and the Expressions of Interest process.

There will also be the opportunity for participants who get hooked to continue training and information will be available on local martial arts trainers.

Queensland Mental Health Week is an annual awareness week that aims to shine a spotlight on individual and community mental health and wellbeing. 

The new theme for 2022 is ‘Awareness, Belonging, Connection’, reflecting the important factors that help people maintain positive mental health and wellbeing.

Queensland Mental Health Week 2022 will be held from Saturday 8 to 16 October 2022.

Last edited date 30 Aug 2022