Good Mind Grappling: Akwesasne is a project to address intergenerational trauma in indigenous communities by providing resilience factors and positive physical outlets for at-risk and wounded youth. We aim to achieve this by providing a structured training environment utilizing grappling and movement modalities that promote the development of Physical Literacy and Social/Emotional Learning.
1. Physical Literacy
We use combat sports and a physical literacy framework to teach transferable fundamental movement skills and encourage active lifestyles.
2. Social and Emotional Development
We use experiential activities to improve social-emotional skills, build resiliency, and improve confidence to help youth realize their full potential.
THE GOOD MIND
In the Haudenosaunee context, we have the concepts of Kan’nikonhrí:io (The Good Mind) and the Wake’nikonhrèn:ton (the Clouded Mind). Kan’nikonhrí:io is when our minds are clear from grief, anger, trauma and sorrow. This allows for clear decision-making and positive actions. Wake’nikonhrèn:ton is when our minds are obscured by negative emotions and feelings. This mindset can guide a person towards harmful and destructive behaviors. Our project uses the grappling arts to engage the Good Mind to promote resilience and good character in indigenous youth.