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Self-defence classes launched

04 Dec 2019

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By David Schout

Fancy learning a new skill while exercising with other Docklands locals? The Hub on Harbour Esplanade may have just the answer.

Launched in mid-November, self-defence 101 classes encourage attendees of all ages to come work closely with instructors who take you through self-defence manoeuvres and some strength and technique work.

Conducted by trained martial arts specialist Damien Chauremootoo, the after-work classes (6pm - 7pm) run weekly on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

YMCA programs and facilities team leader Tony Crawford said the classes’ benefits were twofold.

“The goal was to bring in a program that would one; give people some exercise and two; cater to people that perhaps live in the shadow of the city where self-defence can be bit of a concern,” he said.

“You look at some of the statistics within the City of Melbourne and it’s something like 67 per cent of people feel comfortable or feel safe at night. You can’t necessarily take away the threats but providing something like this might give people a bit more confidence or empowerment to look after themselves in certain situations. So, it was a no-brainer, really.”

After speaking with Docklands News in August shortly after taking up the Docklands post, Mr Crawford has since met with a number of locals at recent community events which has given him a greater gauge of how best they can use the space at The Hub.

“It puts you in a better position to actually deliver on the needs that people are asking for,” he said.

He praised the new Docklands Sports Club as a great example of a grassroots initiative that could benefit the community.

In other news, the Docklands sports courts alongside The Hub are being resurfaced from December 2, with works expected to be complete by mid-December.

For more information about self-defence classes at The Hub, drop into the reception at 80 Harbour Esplanade or call 8622 4822

 

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