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Clarendon women taught the art of self-defence

Published:Thursday | January 19, 2017 | 1:00 AMCecelia Campbell Livingston
A participant role-play a defence technique with Senpai Donovan Laing during the self-defence workshop held last week.

MAY PEN, Clarendon:

Last Saturday, both the very young and more mature were among the enthusiastic women that turned out to benefit from the self-defence workshop hosted by the Clarendon Youth Information Centre.

Self-defence trainer Senpai Donovan Laing and Senpai Duanne Biggs of the Jamaica Seido Karate Association opened the women's eyes on how they left themselves open to danger with the simplest of actions.

He said many times women approach their vehicles with all attention to their cell phones and not being alert on their surroundings.

"You need the same kind of killer instinct. There is nothing wrong with a little sense of paranoia, it can save your life. Don't be too relaxed on the road and allow anyone to invade your space," warned Laing.

They were also taught about the vital points that can incapacitate would-be attackers.

Following his instructions, the participants were guided through some warm-up exercises before benefiting from some self-defence techniques.

 

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Earlier, the workshop kicked off with a presentation where women got the chance to talk about issues and also enjoyed a pep talk from youth empowerment officer Chevelle Campbell.

She informed them that the workshop is not for them to feel 'big and bad to pick a fight with their partners', but rather to build themselves up.

"The skills you learn here today are about three things - personal empowerment, building up confidence and being assertive."

For one young mother, being a part of the workshop was a must, as she said did not want to be afraid.

"I just really wanted to learn how to defend myself physically in case of an attack. This society that we are living in now is in a state, and women have fallen victim most times," she shared with Rural Xpress.

'Raquel' expressed gratitude for the workshop as she said she now feels a lot more confident.

"I am not a good fighter, but I now know I have more power than I realised," she said.

Campbell deemed the day a success as she said, "I was particularly pleased with the turnout ... different generations of women who came out to support a common cause."

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