Women are fighting back

New self-defence course launched

I want to empower women by teaching them practical skills to defend themselves. - Trevor Smith

WOMEN in Bendigo are learning how to protect themselves.

A new self-defence course has been launched following calls by women in the area to learn self-defence in light of the growing number of king hit attacks across the country.

Instructor Trevor Smith, who has been teaching Jujitsu along with other martial arts for over 25 years, said there has been a revival of interest in learning self-defence.

“This is the first time I have taught this type of self-defence class in 15 years but there is so much interest out there now,” he said.

“A lot of people suggested I run a course.

“It was popular in the 1980s and 1990s. Now people are talking about it again.

“I think with the recent king hit attacks people are becoming more worried and are thinking 'let’s give it a go'.

 “I want to empower women by teaching them practical skills to defend themselves should a situation arise.

“It doesn’t matter how big and strong an attacker is; women can still learn skills to give them a fighting chance.

“I have been teaching this for many years and I have had some great instructors.

“I like teaching and passing on the knowledge I have learnt.

“There are three main elements to learn.

“The first is recognising the situation, the second is not getting hurt, which may sounds obvious but is very important, and the third is not hurting yourself, which is not so obvious but is a danger, if you are swinging punches you could hit something and break your wrist.”

Judith Walloscheck, who attended the first class last week, said self-defence was very important today.

 “It is definitely important nowadays; especially when you see people king punch other people for no reason," she said. 

“In particular it is very important as a female to learn to look after yourself as a female is always at a physical disadvantage.

“I had been thinking about doing something like this for a while, but this was the first time I had seen an advert for it.

 “I think because it is women’s self-defence I feel more comfortable coming.”

The 10 week course, aimed at women aged 16 to 60 years, teaches skills including defence from wrist grabs and ground attacks plus use of pressure points.

Mr Smith said no prior skills were required.

“Participants simply need to wear comfortable clothing and be willing to learn some techniques which might save their life one day,” he said.

It costs $150 for the 10 week course with the first class free.

Classes take place from 5:30pm every  Thursday  at 215 Breen St, Bendigo.

For more information contact Trevor Smith on 5442 6613 or trevor@jujitsuaustralia.com.au

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