Jess Reilly, Instructor in Self Defence practices drills with role-play attackers, Tony Redgrave (grey shirt) and Jamie Clements (black shirt).
Jess Reilly, Instructor in Self Defence practices drills with role-play attackers, Tony Redgrave (grey shirt) and Jamie Clements (black shirt). Chrissy Harris

Women refuse to be the victims

JUST like Gracie Lou Freebush in Miss Congeniality , women around the Gladstone region need to remember how to SING – Solar Plexus, Instep, Nose and Groin!

Renshi Peter Reilly, from Zen Chi Ryu Martial Arts in Gladstone, recently started a self-defence class for women after his daughter, Jessica, found herself in a tricky situation one night leaving work.

The class is now into its second week and has attracted women ranging from 14 to 55 years and with over 28 participants it is proving to be a huge success.

Jessica's mother, Kate Reilly, said that not only were the women of Gladstone getting behind the initiative but ladies also travelled down from Rockhampton to attend.

“Renshi Peter Reilly took the girls through a range of scenarios and techniques that could be encountered and used in everyday life experience,” Ms Reilly said.

The topics covered in the sessions include situational awareness, verbal judo, use of weapons and shields, escape strategies, primary targets, powerful attacks, defence blocks, escaping from the ground, car park safety and debriefing.

All ladies are encouraged to come along and should wear loose clothing, but shoes are not necessary.

All participants will have the chance to practice different techniques with crash test dummies.

Many senior martial arts students will also be available to practise with.

“Our students are very friendly and enjoy passing on this powerful knowledge to others,” Mr Reilly said.

This is a rare opportunity for women to get the chance to learn how best to protect themselves.

Will you be prepared, or will you be a victim?

For more information about the classes contact Kate at kate@btm.com.au or on 4978 2168.

 

How to keep yourself safe

Awareness: Always be aware of your external environment and avoid potential dangerous areas and situations.

Outward appearance: Always behave in an authoritative, assertive and confident manner. Attackers, like all predators, are looking for easy victims.

Be on the lookout: When getting out of your car after parking it, check the rear vision mirrors and external surroundings to make sure there is no danger. If in doubt, park somewhere else.

Be prepared: Always carry a mobile phone and keep it somewhere within easy reach.

Protect yourself: Always have your handbag and items with you at all times. Even a pen or stiletto heel can come in handy in a dangerous situation.

Self-defence classes

Make sure you wear loose comfortable clothing

Bring a bottle of water and your normal handbag – shoes are not necessary

Be prepared to learn techniques such as use of weapons, defence and verbal judo

$5 donation – all proceeds will go to the Women's Shelter in Gladstone

Held at the Apostolic Church Hall

For more information phone 4978 2168



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