Defence class for students
ORGANISERS of the inaugural women’s self defence class are hoping to expand the program into schools next year.
More than 35 people engaged in Bushi Kai karate techniques at the Port Douglas Community Hall on Saturday.
The event was organised by Bree Belfrage following the murder of much loved 24year-old Toyah Cordingley in Wangetti in October.
The Port Douglas mum said she hoped to introduce a sixweek course into several Douglas shire school curriculums in 2019.
“I was having a heart attack thinking not many people would turn up, so to have so many get involved was really encouraging,” she said.
“The karate instructors are really keen to get on board and see if we can get a course planned (in schools). It has been pretty well received.”
Ms Belfrage said it was critical women learn how to protect themselves in the event of an emergency.
She encouraged participants to continue training with the the Bushi Kai karate group in Pinjarra Place in Mossman and would organise more oneoff classes.
“It is really about building confidence within women as well and encouraging people to talk about their experiences,” Ms Belfrage said.
“You need to be aware and in the moment, and always ready to protect yourself. The overall feedback (from the class) was really encouraging. They were all very positive.”
The Bushi Kai classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday night in Mossman starting from 5.30pm. Cost is $5 for kids and $10 for adults.
Organisers are hoping to expand a self defence class into school next year.