Break out your inner Warrior! Gold Coast Life checked out the Stunt Park at Nerang. We discovered that the ‘Warrior Within’ program can give you the gift of confidence. Buckle-up buttercups, and enjoy the ride!
Colin Handley, the principal of Stunt Park on the Gold Coast, knows all too well how important confidence is. He has been the Australian Taekwondo Champion nine times. He’s a TV actor in Hollywood, Britain, and Australia. He’s been a professional stuntman for over 20 years, working or training with names like Chuck Norris, Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Van Damme, Hasselhoff and Tommy Lee Jones. And it is this experience that led him to develop a new program to build confidence in participants.
Colin developed the Warrior Within Program after seeing the direct results of some of the training that everyday people went through at Stunt Park. Activities include learning realistic self-defence, flying on wires like superheroes, jumping from a high tower onto the huge airbag, and repelling down a 12-metre wall.
Says Colin, “People were leaving saying how empowered they felt after pushing through the fears and performing feats they never thought possible.” Recently, a group of business women came for the full-day Empowerment Experience. “They couldn’t stop raving to their friends how awesome the day was. They really pushed themselves, even though many of them weren’t fit or thrill seekers. The encouragement from the staff and the group around them, gave them the confidence to try these thrilling activities. Some even decided to put on our Warrior costumes and tried flying like Superwoman, Batgirl and Wonderwoman. It was an amazing photo and video opportunity to share with their friends and family.”
The Warrior Within Program is an Experiential Day that both challenges and empowers you. Alongside other like-minded people, you will overcome some of your fears while pushing the boundaries on what is possible and achievable for you. Says Colin, “You never have to do anything that is beyond you, but we will encourage you to give some things a go – that didn’t think you could do.”
The Warrior Within Program also offers a healthy lunch, dietary advice, and an informative talk on building self-esteem from a well-known psychologist. Participants finish the day off with some fun – an archery and spear- throwing competition.
Colin says that participants will gain new skills, awaken the resilience within them, have a fun day, and make some new friends. “You don’t need to be particularly fit; you’re stretching your boundaries according to your ability. Come along by yourself, or bring a group of friends, family, work colleagues, school students, gym partners or adrenaline junkies. This one-day adventure program is the ultimate empowering experience. It will exhilarate your senses, challenge your abilities, test your resolve, and leave you with an amazing winning mentality.”
Stunt Park has been around for over 22 years. Originally built as a stunt academy for professional stunt performers, now it has an additional purpose. Colin felt that the unique facilities and equipment could be also used by the general public, for corporate teambuilding, birthday parties, bucks parties and Stunt Kids Training. So now the doors are open to all ages and abilities of men, women and children.
Sessions can be tailored to a group, or there are regular training sessions already established. All the staff are qualified: from personal trainers, martial artists, stunt performers, ninja warrior contestants, professional psychologists, and all have first aid certificates and blue cards. Women are treated equally and encouraged to engage at their own level. This is while being pushed a little out of their comfort zone.
The Warrior Within Program is available for teens, mother/ daughter bonding, father/son bonding, corporate groups, school groups and in particular women-only sessions which have proven to be so effective.
To book, click here. ■
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