Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Self Defence and Confidence for girls - Wed 6 April

This 5 hour workshop focuses on day to day personal safety issues girls may experience at school, on the streets and on public transport.

It's a hands-on workshop where we work in pairs, practising techniques as well as striking focus pads and punch bags with hands, feet, elbows and knees.

We explore common scenarios and how to get out of them without physical contact but also deal with what to do if a situation escalates and the appropriate response.

Workshop programme: 11.30am till 4.30pm

11.30am - Arrival, registration (hand in consent forms) and welcome.

Stop it before it starts: Awareness and preventative measures, how to reduce your chances of being a target. Grounding and using your voice.

Escalation of attack and appropriate responses: Defensive striking with hands, knees, elbows and feet.

1.30pm - Lunch (group discussion)

2.15pm - How to escape a hand grab, choke hold, bear hug or hair grab   
Putting it all together and making it work

4.15pm - Kickboxercise showcase   
A short demo of our regular Wednesday afternoon Kickboxercise for girls session for those who may be interested in training on a regular basis at the club.

4.30pm - Close and pick-up   

Please note: We will not allow any of the girls to leave the gym before 4.30pm unless by prior arrangement with a parent or guardian.   
How to book      
The cost of the workshop is £15 and can be booked by emailing We request either online payment or cash/cheque at the gym in order to confirm your place.   

What to wear / bring      
Tracksuit bottoms, shorts or leggings, a vest or t-shirt and something warm to wear between physical activities. Clean, indoor trainers or plimsoles - please ensure they are clean. There will be some topics that require bare feet or socks.
No jewellery that can catch on clothing or be ripped out (eg, necklaces, rings, bracelets or dangly earrings) and no heavy make up. Long hair must be tied up or plaited.      
Packed lunch required      
Bring a bottle of water to drink throughout the day and a packed lunch. We discourage sweets, energy drinks or fizzy pop in the gym. Drinking water is available.      
Signed consent form
Each participant requires a signed consent form in order to do the workshop. This will be emailed to you once your payment has been made.   

Please contact Kate with any queries or concerns.

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