Class em­pow­ers women

FREE SEM­I­NAR HELPS TEACH DO­MES­TIC VI­O­LENCE VIC­TIMS HOW TO CON­TROL AND SUBDUE A PREDA­TOR

Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Tara Whitsed ● Those in­ter­ested in tak­ing up classes can con­tact Gra­cie Ji­u­Jitsu on 0418 149 569.

A Shep­par­ton-based dojo opened its doors to vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence on Satur­day, of­fer­ing a free three-hour self­de­fence class.

About 18 women sup­ported by Shep­par­ton Sal­va­tion Army’s Salvo­care at­tended the ses­sion at Gra­cie Jiu-Jitsu in Kialla.

Sal­va­tion Army Shep­par­ton Corps of­fi­cer Karyn Wishart said the self-de­fence busi­ness’ owner Scott But­ler had ap­proached the ser­vice of­fer­ing the free ses­sion to lo­cal vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Mr But­ler said the women were taken through tech­niques needed when con­trol­ling and sub­du­ing a preda­tor.

‘‘There are two types of preda­tors — strangers and non­strangers,’’ he said.

‘‘The non-strangers of­ten don’t get as much at­ten­tion.’’

Ms Wishart said the sem­i­nar was a great way of em­pow­er­ing the Sal­va­tion Army’s clients.

‘‘We’re pas­sion­ate about women’s health at the Sal­va­tion Army,’’ she said.

‘‘Of­ten women who are vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence can be trapped so we help them to get on their feet.

‘‘Our sup­port of­fi­cer helps them to find em­pow­er­ment.

‘‘Usu­ally they don’t work so we help them to find a job and those sorts of things.’’

Mr But­ler said Gra­cie Jiu-Jitsu ran women-em­pow­er­ing classes as well as com­bat­ive and bul­lyproof classes for those start­ing out in self-de­fence.

Demon­stra­tion: Scott But­ler and wife Liz take women through the tech­niques needed to con­trol and subdue a preda­tor.

Ad­vice: Kialla’s Scott But­ler ran a three-hour free sem­i­nar for vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence re­cently.

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