De­fence class for stu­dents

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Mark Mur­ray

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.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

Or­gan­is­ers are hop­ing to ex­pand a self de­fence class into school next year.

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