Writing About Trauma Victims
A special project set up for
both martial artists and
One of the hardest writing challenges I have ever had to face was way back in October 2012 when the Aftershock Awareness Project went online and the very first Aftershock Awareness Month got underway to promote this free information based service on trauma victims that was not only aimed at the trauma victims and their families themselves but also aimed at people in the martial arts community.
I was lucky to have had previous experience of such a specialist subject and a small team of professional advisors to help guide me on how best to write on such a difficult project but the really hard part was making martial art instructors and students understand what it was all about and how it all worked.
The biggest problem in promoting this information based service to the martial arts community was that they had a very fixed and rigid idea on this subject, or totally lacked any valid experience on such a complex issue, as it was never something they had really thought about before.
Most, if not all, martial art teachers only deal with things like avoidance, preparation before a fight starts, the mindset behind fighting and of course the technical applications of fighting techniques and although very well-trained themselves to teach others such combat skills it was never part of their skill set to deal with people who lost a fight in such a traumatic way. That side of things was for the nurses and the doctors of course as far as they were concerned >>> Next column!
>>> So it was no surprise to me when during the Aftershock Awareness Month the more I promoted such a thing the replies were always about how they should have done this or how they should’ve done that and with many instructors having the same lack of knowledge on such a subject they all ended up just talking about mindsets, avoidance methods and fighting techniques but failing to understand the true nature of the subject in question.
The more I explained that talking about avoidance and fighting techniques were of no value or benefit to a trauma survivor after the event whatsoever and such people who ended up in a hospital bed with not just a banged up body but also suffering from traumatic shock, (so talking about such things after the event would not help them at all), still resulted in them returning to the subject they knew best, that being, fighting techniques.
The reality is that if a person takes on the responsibility to train people how to fight then they must also take on the responsibility, to a degree, to know how best to help them if they become a victim of violence and trauma and need help or advice from their martial art teachers.
Even with the best intentions in the world many people give advice without realising that they could be doing more harm than good in the end if they lack knowledge, understanding and experience when dealing with a trauma victim so the Aftershock Project is aimed at giving basic guidelines to work from in addition to seeking professional help from those trained in this area of work.
So to fully understand what the Aftershock Awareness Project is truly all about, and more so why it is aimed at people in the martial arts, please click > HERE < for the home page and take a look through this site.