De­fence train­ing for all

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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