Theraputic Women's Empowerment: A Psychotherapy and Martial Arts Based Course

  • December 14, 2013 · 10:00 AM
  • Arts of the Samurai


Therapeutic Women’s Empowerment

A Psychotherapy and Martial Arts Based Course

            22 ½ Degrees is proud to announce the continuation of this wonderful class!

This exciting, fun course is designed for women of all ages, including abuse survivors, women suffering from depression, anxiety, or personal problems, and women seeking a better version of themselves.

Martial arts - long known to improve the mind, body and spirit - teams with process  group psychotherapy to help women make positive changes in their lives through recognizing,  accepting and effectively utilizing their power.  This innovative class, adjusted to fit each individual’s fitness and skill level, will help participants gain confidence, get healthy, challenge their inner critic, manage stress and acquire important self-help tools.

 In its previous sessions, this class has proven amazing in its ability to give our women a safe environment for self-discovery, concrete techniques to build empowerment, and powerful encouragement and insights from the group members.  To say that it has been a successful launch is an understatement.  Class members have been astounding in their progress!

New classes will begin January 5 (Saturday) from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at Arts of the Samurai, located in the Walker Springs area.   New members are welcome!

There are only 5 spaces, and many of the women already in the class will be signing up for the next session, so please sign up early!.


Chris Barckhoff is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience in mental health.  In her private practice she specializes in treating depression, anxiety, survivor issues, as well as helping people learn to manage their stress and live more satisfying lives.  She has spent much of her career empowering  women, particularly victims of domestic violence.   Chris is also a first degree black belt with over 5 years of experience in the martial arts, and an instructor at Arts of the Samurai. 

Toni McSorley, director of Self Defense of Knoxville, brings 45 years of personal safety experience to the EZ Defense program. She holds an 8th Degree Black Belt in karate, and has been an advocate of women in the Martial Arts for her entire career. `

Ms. McSorley holds 3 world championships, 5 Hall of Fame appointments and presently she is the Vice President of the U.S. National Martial Arts Alliance, the first woman to ever hold a position on the board of that organization.

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  • Toni M.

    Supportive, encouraging and building were keywords today! The group is learning kata to develop self-defense skills, and getting in touch with their bodies. Learning to feel what the body feels and develop self-care to treat the body with love and compassion is a great goal!

    December 14, 2013

  • Donna G.

    Yes, Traci this class is most definitely beginner friendly. Sensei's Toni and Chris are excellent at incorporating anyone new into the routine seemlessly. If you have any other questions feel free to ask. Otherwise, we will look forward to meeting you Saturday.

    December 10, 2013

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