Revolution Martial Arts and Fitness staff member Amanda Pack flips general manager Jared Revell in a demonstration of personal defence methods. The martial arts centre is hosting free four-week self-defence programs for women. See story, page 6.

Martial Arts studio puts women in charge at no charge

Revolution Martial Arts is offering free self defence classes for women. Registration for the next session is now open

A few simple self-defence tricks can go a long way for women in dangerous situations, and Revolution Martial Arts and Fitness wants everyone to have the opportunity to learn them.

The martial arts studio is offering Women in Charge — a free four-week self-defence program for women. The first session started on Jan. 6.

Using Brazilian juijitsu techniques, women of all strength levels and sizes will be able to complete the manoeuvres, said Stacey Duffy, program director.

“They will learn simple, easy, very non-taxing things that can get them out of very uncomfortable and dangerous situations,” she said.

“The way that it works is, it’s very close and very uncomfortable and very tight. Women (will learn) simple collar chokes where they use the power of the collar and the other person’s weight on themselves — and they’ll be able to get out that way. It’s very simple stuff that anyone can do at any size and any strength level and be successful at it.”

The sessions are 45 minutes each and are taught by professional instructors at the studio. So far, 140 people have signed up for January, and registration is now open for the next round in April.

“The whole thing about this is that women are empowered and they are able to protect themselves even if they weigh 90 or 100 pounds,” Duffy said.

“They don’t have to be super strong to do it.”

The studio’s goal — and the reason they are offering the lessons for free — is to have as many women as possible learn self-defence techniques. Duffy encourages those who cannot make their Wednesday night sessions to enrol in classes elsewhere.

“It’s important for every woman to know that as intimidating as it may seem or look from the outside, going into some sort of self-defence program, even outside of this, is beneficial,” she said.

“We want everyone to be able to do this for themselves.”

To register for the program, visit rftmma.com/special-offers. Those who sign up will also receive a free month at the Revolution gym facility.

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