Free kids self-de­fence pop­u­lar

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - PAUL MITCHELL

Free self-de­fence classes for kids have proved pop­u­lar with city par­ents af­ter a lo­cal girl was al­legedly ab­ducted. The 5-year-old was al­legedly pulled into a car in Sham­rock St while walk­ing to school with her two sis­ters on Fri­day, Fe­bu­rary 12. The girl was found 21⁄ hours

2 later in Hind Pl across town from where she went miss­ing. A man was ar­rested last Wed­nes­day in con­nec­tion with the case.

On Satur­day, South­ern Tribes Manawatu: Brazil­ian Jiu Jitsu held a day of free self-de­fence classes for chil­dren, and 60 or so turned up for the three classes.

In­struc­tor Vaughan An­to­nio says they had of­fered the classes to set kids’ and par­ents’ minds at ease af­ter the in­ci­dent, but he hadn’t ex­pected such a high level of re­sponse when he posted the ad­ver­tis­ment on Face­book.

‘‘Usu­ally when I put out an ad I get a few hun­dred views, but this time it was thou­sands just like that.’’

Vaughan had only planned to hold one class, but the de­mand was such that this had grown to three by Satur­day and he was con­sid­er­ing do­ing it more reg­u­larly.

‘‘We’re do­ing a lot of work for com­pe­ti­tions but if I can fit some­thing in over the next cou­ple of weeks I’d like to do an­other.’’

Luke Wil­son says his two boys, Ai­den and Char­lie, had been hear­ing about stranger dan­ger since the al­leged ab­duc­tion, so he thought it would be a good idea to take them to the first class of the day.

‘‘Usu­ally when I put out an ad I get a few hun­dred views, but this time it was thou­sands just like that.’’

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ

Jiu Jitsu in­struc­tor Vaughan An­to­nio shows Nerah Whare­hinga (6) a few self-de­fence strate­gies dur­ing free in­tro­duc­tory chil­dren’s classes on Satur­day.

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