Self defense classes for women could combat violence issues
A CALL for free self defence classes for women could be the answer to empowering women to feel safe in Gladstone.
Gladstone Martial Arts Academy head coach and manager Rob McIntyre said we were seeing more and more violence in town, giving reason for women to start learning personal protection.
"It's about knowledge first, and understanding what fear and violence are," he said.
"If you understand what it is, you can avoid it or handle it better if you have to."
Mr McIntyre has been involved in the martial arts industry for 25 years.
He said the feedback that he received from his students indicated that violence with women was currently an issue in the region.
Mr McIntyre said hopefully people would learn to get better at the first part, so that they would not have to worry about the physical confrontation and the aftermath.
When it came to self-defence, the head coach believed in learning awareness before anything else.
"Personal protection is not about fighting but awareness and looking for the physical signs.
"My philosophy is to teach the sheep to protect themselves against the wolves, not to make the wolves into better wolves," he said, when it came to who they allowed to train at the academy.