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TRACY FILMING WITH SPECIAL FORCES: ULTIMATE HELL WEEK FINALIST

Tracy is filming with Katy Parrott, finalist of BBC2’s recent series Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week,  for a Channel 4 showreel, and teaching Katy self-defence on March 31st. Should be a fun if bruising morning!

NEW HEALTH & FITNESS DOCUMENTARY SERIES FEATURING BRAINBOX COACHING!

Filming starts in July for a new documentary series about health & fitness in Bristol with Troy TV and Tracy will be one of the featured instructors as the programme charts the journey towards health of several individuals. The cameras will be in various of Tracy’s classes and 1:1s to capture the experience and the series is expected to air from January 2017.  An accompanying website will be set up as the series films, so stay posted for details.

NEW CLASSES AT GB FIT!

Starting from the week of January 17th, Tracy will offering new Empower Yoga and Yoga HIIT classes at GB Fit in Horfield, Bristol.  GB Fit is run by world champion kick boxer Sharon Gill and kung fu black belt Dan Blythe, and is a brand new dojo with the perfect space for yoga and fitness classes. Please see the Empower Yoga and PT & Group Fitness pages for class times. Move GB members welcome.  GB Fit is located at Unit 3B, Merton Road, just behind the Bristol BJJ club.

READY FOR YOUR NEXT SELF-DEFENCE CHALLENGE?

If you have already completed a Sunday intensive or free four week course with Tracy, then you can now sign up to test your skills and take on the Predator! We are delighted that Andras Milward of FAST Defense is joining us in his armoured suit to let you try out your self-defence skills against a real attack – both from the front and behind. This three-hour session will recap your strikes and teach you how to successfully take on the Predator before you get your chance to try two fights. £30 Sweaty Betty Bristol, Sunday 29th November 12.30-3.30pm Places are already going and are strictly limited, so email tracy@brainboxcoaching.co.uk to book. For a taste of what to expect, visit our Facebook page and watch this video clip:

Yes, I have to do the eyes shut drill as well…

Posted by Brainbox Coaching & Fitness on Sunday, 20 July 2014

TRACY JOINS THE 200 HOUR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING TEAM AT SALLY PARKES YOGA

Tracy is delighted to have been asked to join the yoga teacher training team at Sally Parkes Yoga and is looking forward to mentoring and developing practical yoga teaching with the new intake of students from September 2015!

TRACY NOW BLOGGING FOR MOVEMENT FOR MODERN LIFE!

Tracy is now regularly writing about all things yoga and wellness for the online yoga platform Movement for Modern Life. Look out for new posts each week on topics including using yoga for workplace confidence and yoga for dealing with life changes.

TRACY’S NEW CO-AUTHORED BOOK, THE COACHING GURUS, NOW AVAILABLE!

NEXT FREE FOUR WEEK WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENCE COURSE AT SWEATY BETTY, BRISTOL

The dates for the next free course are the first four Tuesdays in April. Email info@brainboxcoaching.co.uk to reserve your place!

LOOK OUT FOR TRACY IN THE JULY ISSUE OF HAPPINESS+WELLBEING MAGAZINE!

Download it next month from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/happiness-+-wellbeing-magazine/id669972334?mt=8

NEXT INTRO TO WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENCE – SWEATY BETTY BRISTOL, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 12-3PM, £30.

Three hours of essential psychological and physical skills. Email info@brainboxcoaching.co.uk for booking and details. Under 16s go half price.

TRACY IS ANSWERING YOUR CAREER QUESTIONS LIVE ONLINE WITH THE GUARDIAN ON JANUARY 16TH. POST YOUR QUESTIONS HERE:

http://careers.theguardian.com/careers-blog/career-choices-options-changes-live-chat

TRACY PRESENTS KEYNOTE SPEECH AT SW UNIVERSITIES CONFERENCE

Tracy made a successful and well-received keynote presentation about what she has learned from sixteen years of working with adult learners in higher education, and would like to thank SW Universities for inviting her to speak.

MORE WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENCE WORKSHOPS THIS AUTUMN!

By popular demand, Tracy is offering two one-off intensive women’s self-defence workshops at Sweaty Betty this autumn. They will cover everything you need to know about avoiding & defusing an attack, as well as essential physical defences. Sundays, 12-3pm, November 10th & December 15th. Costs: £30 per person. Places are limited. Book now by emailing tracy@brainboxcoaching.co.uk

STUDY SKILLS WORKSHOPS FOR DEGREE & ACCESS STUDENTS THIS AUTUMN

Tracy is offering limited places at two intensive study skills workshops on November 4th & December 2nd. These will cover everything you need to know about critical thinking, reading effectively, making useful notes and good academic writing. Venue: Park House, Park Street. Cost: £50, which includes all materials, the presentation slides, refreshments & a copy of the Brainbox Guide to Study. These classes are most suitable for arts, humanities and social science undergraduate students, as well as international students and those studying for Masters degrees. Email tracy@brainboxcoaching.co.uk to book your place and have a look at our client testimonials

TRACY TO BE WORKING FROM BRISTOL’S CLIFTON THERAPY ROOM FROM NOVEMBER

The Clifton Therapy Room is a calm and private space in the heart of Bristol’s Clifton Village, and Tracy is delighted to be joining their team of practitioners. Please email tracy@brainboxcoaching.co.uk to book your life, confidence, career or health coaching appointment today.

NEW DATES FOR FREE WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENCE FOUR WEEK COURSE AT SWEATY BETTY

Tracy’s next free four week course will run on four consecutive Tuesdays: October 29th & November 5th, 12th & 19th. Classes are from 6-7.15pm in the Sweaty Betty shop on Queens Road, Bristol. Please email tracy@brainboxcoaching.co.uk to book your place.

TRACY TO BE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT ADULT LEARNING CONFERENCE, DECEMBER 2013

Tracy has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at a forthcoming conference on adult learning in Exeter in December. This is an exciting opportunity for Tracy to share sixteen years of experience in working with more mature learners in higher education!

NEW WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENCE WORKSHOPS COMING FOR AUTUMN

Tracy will be offering intensive three-hour women’s self-defence workshops on Sunday afternoons at Impact Gym, Hayward Road, Bristol. Stay posted for confirmation of dates and times. Cost £30 per person.

CHECK OUT TRACY’S LATEST ARTICLE FOR MINDBODYGREEN.COM ON FITNESS AFTER 40

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7855/how-to-maintain-your-post-40-fitness-mojo.html

TRACY FEATURED IN THE MAY 2013 ISSUE OF BODY FIT MAGAZINE

Tracy was interviewed for a feature on women who are fitter in their 40s than their 20s and 30s and named ‘the strength guru’. Tracy has successfully beaten chronic fatigue syndrome and some pretty terrible eating habits, and is now healthy, happy and extremely active!

http://www.bodyfitmagazine.co.uk/

BRAINBOX MEETS CELEBRITY SELF-DEFENCE INSTRUCTOR JENNIFER CASSETTA

Tracy spent a fun day in London with celebrity self-defence instructor & PT Jennifer Cassetta (The Today Show, The Marie Osmond Show), who was on a visit from Los Angeles. They learned a lot from each other, as well as visiting the Sweaty Betty flagship store on the King’s Road, making the most of the winter sale! Thanks to the King’s Road staff for their hospitality – photos are in the Image Gallery. Tracy hopes to join Jennifer in LA for a joint class very soon…

TRACY NOW FEATURED AS A BRAND AMBASSADOR ON THE SWEATY BETTY WEB SITE

Tracy was appointed as a local Brand Ambassador for the Bristol branch of Sweaty Betty earlier this year, and now appears on the main web site. Please contact the Bristol shop directly or email tracy@brainboxcoaching.co.uk if you’d like more information about women’s self-protection training, both group classes and private sessions

http://www.sweatybetty.com/storedetail-storedetail115/#club

TRACY JOHNSON IN OM YOGA MAGAZINE!

Tracy has an article in the November 2012 issue of OM Yoga Magazine – ‘Fight or flight – mindfulness for personal safety’. Available from WH Smith and other newsagents. http://www.ommagazine.com/

NEW ARTICLE ON SELF-DEFENCE BY TRACY JOHNSON

Have a read of Tracy’s new article on self-protection on www.mindbodygreen.com‘ 3 Ways to Stay Safer in the City http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-6467/3-Ways-to-Stay-Safer-in-the-City.html

NEW DATES FOR WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENCE TRAINING AT SWEATY BETTY, BRISTOL

Want to learn how to avoid potential attacks, or how to survive if the worst should happen? Tracy is running a free, four-week women’s self-defence course to help you do just that. You will learn how to develop awareness and assertiveness, strikes and pressure point attacks, basic knife defence, defence against a sexual assault, and restraints and takedowns. These are essential skills for any woman as well as being a highly-effective confidence builder. Message Tracy at tracy@brainboxcoaching.co.uk for information and bookings. Course dates are November 28th, December 5th, 12th & 19th, 6pm-7.15pm at Sweaty Betty, Queens Road, Bristol.

TRACY JOHNSON APPOINTED AS A BRAND AMBASSADOR FOR SWEATY BETTY!

In recognition of the women’s self-defence classes that Tracy regularly runs with Sweaty Betty’s Bristol shop, she has been appointed as a Brand Ambassador! This is an exciting role promoting a fantastic sportswear brand that will help Brainbox Coaching to keep raising its profile and spread self-protection skills to the public.

OLYMPIC SUCCESS FOR UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL’S HIGH PERFORMANCE SQUAD!

Brainbox is about to embark on its third year of coaching these elite international competitive athletes and was incredibly excited to have worked with Olympic finalists Lawrence Clarke (men’s hurdles) and Georgie Twigg (women’s hockey). It’s a privilege to be involved with these truly outstanding individuals.

NEW! SIX WEEK WOMEN’S SELF DEFENCE COURSE COMING TO SWEATY BETTY, BRISTOL

Brainbox will be offering a free course open to all women in the Bristol/South West area who want to learn the fundamentals of self-defence, including developing awareness & assertiveness, de-escalating conflict, effective striking and basic knife defence. The course starts on July 18th and continues on July 25th, August 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th & September 5th. All sessions start at 6pm and will be held in the Sweaty Betty shop on Bristol’s Triangle, Queens Road. Email tracy@brainboxcoaching.co.uk to book your place.

LEARN HOW TO MANAGE & DEAL WITH FEAR, MAY 12TH, VASSALL CENTRE, BRISTOL

Do you have trouble speaking in front of others? Do you doubt yourself when you are needed in a personal or professional situation? Do you have thoughts and anxiety that hold you back from achieving personal or professional goals? This seminar/workshop is designed to help you understand what fear really is and what the body and mind goes through when it is put under a stressful, traumatic or violence encounter. Fear is a feeling that we can control! Packed full of essential information, tips, tactics and techniques that will help you begin to master your fears and the adrenalin rush. The seminar will be run by Kevin O’Hagan, UK self-protection specialist, conflict management expert, martial artist & author. It’s a seminar that everyone can and should attend. Manual and certificate supplied on completion.

To book, email jakeohagan@ymail.com or call 07789865284. Brainbox will be there to learn from a true master!

WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENCE SESSION WITH SWEATY BETTY, MAY 1ST

Tracy will be offering a free, women-only introduction to self-defence at Sweaty Betty’s Bristol branch on Tuesday 1st May at 6pm. Just turn up, have fun and learn to be strong! Email us at tracy@tbrainboxcoaching.co.uk if you would like more information.

BRAINBOX SPEAKING AT SOUTH-WEST ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION CONFERENCES

Tracy will be wearing her study skills and motivational hats in January and February when she speaks to Access students at two regional conferences to be held at the University of the West of England (UWE) and Bath Spa University. Her session will aim to enthuse adult learners returning to higher education and support them in developing study skills appropriate to university study. Tracy worked extensively with Access students while she was a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen, and is looking forward to working with this student group again.

BRAINBOX COACHING 2012 – IN ASSOCIATION WITH SWEATY BETTY!

The luxe sportswear chain Sweaty Betty likes to be able to personally recommend external service providers. The Bristol branch has very kindly been showcasing Brainbox business cards for its clients and Tracy will be carrying out a sample coaching session with Sweaty Betty staff very soon, as well as a self-protection session for its running club members in January.

WORK CONTINUING WITH ETHICAL INVESTMENT BANK

Tracy has been working with an ethical investment bank in Bristol on coaching skills and this now looks set to continue, along with opportunities for some future developments in staff training.

NEW! – THE BRAINBOX BLOG

Tracy will be addressing issues that can be supported through self-coaching, and sharing her experiences and insights. Topics already covered: staying professional under pressure and coping with criticism. Click on the Brainbox Blog tab for more.

COACHING WORKSHOP UPDATE

The confidence coaching workshop for women professionals ran on April 2nd, receiving feedback including, “10 out of 10!”, and “The best goal setting workshop I have ever attended!” We will keep you posted on dates for future sessions on this topic. See the Image Gallery for photos from the day.

NEW! – Tracy Johnson invited to speak in Japan

Tracy has been invited by the University of Tokushima to give a lecture this summer on the use of Personal Development Planning (PDP) in UK higher education. This is a great opportunity to showcase some of the work Tracy has been doing in the last couple of years in developing a coaching-led approach to PDP.

NEW! – Brainbox starting work with the University of Bristol’s Wellbeing Programme

As part of the University’s new Wellbeing strategy, Tracy will be giving a series of talks to students at Bristol’s halls of residence, supporting them in managing study & exam skills and how to deal with associated stress. Starts March 2011.

NEW! – Brainbox now working with Bristol University’s High Performance Squad

In collaboration with the Centre for Exercise & Health, Dr Tracy Johnson is now working with the elite student athletes at the University of Bristol and coaching them as part of their overall training and development programme. Tracy will be sharing techniques for goal setting and personal motivation with these students so that they can transfer the skills developed through their sports training into all areas of their lives. This is an exciting opportunity for Tracy to combine her coaching skills with her own interest in sport and fitness, and promises to be a learning experience for all involved. The High Performance Squad support team includes NLP practitioners Matt Edwards & Ben Grassby, and award-winning sports coach Gordon Trevett. Check the Image Gallery for the great mural that was made from photos of this year’s Squad.

SEPTEMBER 2010 – Brainbox expanding into local schools

Tracy Johnson was invited into a Bath school to speak to its sixth-formers about preparing for study at university, including presentation skills and planning for future career development. This was a lively morning involving over 100 lower-sixth formers, helping them to prepare for a smooth transition into university life. If you are interested in Brainbox speaking at your school, then please contact us.