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Georgia Verry (she/her)

Founder, program design + facilitation

Our founder Georgia (she/her) is an exercise scientist, black belt, athlete, podcaster, and facilitates all our trauma informed kickboxing classes. She is a real kick-butt kind of gal!

While she isn't much of a runner or a baller, when it comes to martial arts, she's in her element. Georgia has been throwing punches and kicks since she was 12, and she earned her black belt when she was 20. These days, she's a Muay Thai fighter with 5 professional fights under her belt.

Her love of combat sports inspired her to get a degree in exercise science, and she's been working in the industry for 7 years. Georgia has worked with a variety of clients from folks with back pain to Australia's top firefighters. 

For years, Georgia struggled with body image issues and disordered eating. But after nearly ending up in the hospital from a sauna dehydration protocol before a fight, she knew something had to change. Now, she focuses on process over outcome and enjoying movement for the sake of movement. You could say she's all about the "kick" of the moment.

That's why Georgia founded The Conscious Combat Club, a program that uses martial arts to help women with PTSD heal and reconnect with their bodies. It has been a real knockout success!

When she's not throwing punches or baking up a storm, you can find Georgia rock climbing (she likes to live on the edge), exploring nature with her pup, or playing saxophone. She's got a real sweet tooth, but she also knows the importance of a well-nourished mind and body. So if you need some healthy dessert recipes, just give her a holler.

Penny McKay (she/they)

People, culture + inclusion

Meet Penny McKay, our Head of People, culture and inclusion. As a Conscious Combat Club graduate, they understand and advocate for the trauma-informed movement. In addition to lived experience, Penny brings an academic background in psychology, gender and development, and crisis response to the CCC. They are an LGBTQ+ inclusive practice advisor for the health and wellbeing sector and have lectured internationally on therapeutic family violence programs.

Penny is an awesome vegan cook, so if you're looking for some tasty plant-based recipes, they've got you covered! When they're not whipping up a storm in the kitchen, you can find them belting out their favorite tunes at karaoke or advocating for intersectional feminism.

They also supported the CCC program in El Salvador with underserved communities and contributed to several Royal Commissions concerning crisis response, mental health and family violence. At the Conscious Combat Club, Penny is committed to creating a safe, inclusive, and empowering environment for all.

Meesha Hall (she/her)

Relationships + purpose

Meesha (she/her) is our Relationships and Partnerships Director, with over 10 years of business development experience. A fierce Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) competitor and graduate of the Conscious Combat Club, she won the World & Australia National Blue Belt Jiu-Jitsu Championships in 2022. Meesha is a power connector and collaborator. She brings detailed knowledge of working capital finance, as well as project, product and vendor development. After being hospitalised by an intimate partner, Meesha turned to BJJ as a way to reclaim her power and reconnect with her body. She’s committed to creating a space where women can do the same.

At Conscious Combat Club, we find strength in vulnerability and support each other to grow — not just our window of tolerance, but ourselves.

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A safe space for women living with trauma to reclaim their body, confidence and strength through trauma informed martial arts

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