A ladies defence course has just had its latest batch of graduates pass through, eight years after the course was first set up.
The group of eight completed the three hour course run by the Haverhill Wado Freestyle Karate Club at the Chalkstone Community Centre in Strasbourg Square.
Over the past year the club has coached more than 50 ladies in self defence, many of whom return on a regular basis.
One such regular, Marion Quinn, said: “The lessons are clearly structured and all methods clearly demonstrated.
“We also practised the moves with partners.
“The coaching ability is of a very high standard and the course delivered with just the correct level of detail to all, with safety always being a number one priority.
“The delivery is captivating and with the role play and practice we were really able to think how we would defend ourselves in situations that are totally alien to us.
“The course uses methods that are very easy to use and remember. From these I have gained some of the most essential skills a person can have.
“It has given me the confidence to know what to do should I be in the unfortunate position of being physically attacked.
“I would highly recommend this training for all.”
In 1st Dan black belt Georgina McGivern the club now has one of just ten female instructors in the country that can deliver a KEWAP (Knife and Edged Weapons Awareness Programme) course.
The club’s head coach, Greg Malyon, who set up the course eight years ago and together with Georgina receives no payment for them, said: “It is a great opportunity for the ladies of Haverhill and the surrounding area to rain with a female instructor who is held in such high regard.
“The club is really fortunate to have her as part of the coaching team.”
To find out more about the course email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on the club’s Facebook page, Haverhill Wado Freestyle Karate.