A FREE women’s self-defence course highlighting the importance of stopping violence against women will be held by the Perth Wing Chun Academy on Sunday, July 10.
Instructor Rachael Bernsousa and senior instructor Daniel King will host the two-hour workshop aimed at teenage girls and women.
The duo hope participants would walk away with the tools to cope if ever faced with a violent situation.
Ms Bernsousa said it was unfortunate women often felt unsafe and tailored the workshop to give women the confidence to be able to help themselves.
“You hear about these (violent) cases more and more; they’re just becoming more prevalent,” she said.
“We just think violence against women is unacceptable and if women can learn some tools to help them then hopefully it makes a difference.”
The mother-of-two said it had sadly become a reality that violence against women happened almost every day and rather than allow things to happen, she was hopeful women could equip themselves by becoming more aware of situations and their surroundings.
She added it was important to start with your children.
“I’ve got little kids and it is unfortunate that the reality of society is that these things happen,” she said.
“I don’t want my kids to perpetrate these kinds of things nor have these acts perpetrated against them.
“I think it’s really important to reach as many young people as possible and to educate them for their own sake and allow them to take charge of their own safety.
“This workshop specifically is for teenage girls and women but this message is for everybody.”
The duo would focus on the ‘Back Off’ method focusing on body language, assessing surroundings, communicating confidently, keeping calm, organising response, fuelling your voice and fight then flight.
WHAT: Back Off women’s self defence course
WHERE: Perth Wing Chun Academy
WHEN: July 10 at 9am
BOOK: 9271 1064