Defence training for all
MONTO’S youth received some handy hints on staying safe in physically threatening situations.
Ross Stockwell conducts his Rock ’n Water sessions to teach people to identify weaknesses in themselves and how to detect weaknesses in others.
The course was developed at the University of Newcastle.
The Monto Community Development Centre sent Mr Stockwell to the university north of Sydney to learn it.
Mr Stockwell said he wanted to bring the course to all age groups in the community.
He said it would be good for defence training, as well as personal fitness.
“It is simple but needs to be taken seriously ... it needs to be taught,” Mr Stockwell said.
“This is a lifestyle, not a mindset. And it is good physical exercise.”
Mr Stockwell said the basics of the training course were breathe, relax, proximity, movement, contact (and) balance.
And when it came to weapons, Mr Stockwell said most knives used in crimes were nothing more than kitchen knives in need of sharpening.
He said he eventually wanted to run self defence camps for people to learn from the program.
Rock ’n Water course participant Arlette Ithier, 23, was happy with the session.
She said it was important for everyone, young and old, to know some form of self-defence.
“The best part was learning to defend myself, as I certainly don’t want to be a victim of a violent attack,” Ms Ithier said.
If you would like to learn self-defence, phone the centre on 4166 1733.