A free beginners’ self-defence course, which was held during February and March in Burnfoot, has been hailed a great success.
The course, hosted by Aileach Karate Club instructor, Sensei Seamus Gillespie, welcomed people of all ages to learn basic self-defence techniques that could be used in an emergency situation.
Following completion of the course last week, participants were presented with certificates to recognise their efforts over the six-week programme.
Seamus Gillespie said introductory self-defence classes had also helped equip those who attended with the confidence to escape danger if faced with an attacker.
“The relaxed classes involved teaching basic techniques, used in various martial arts, that can be called upon in common street attack situations,” he said.
“The students were very receptive and everyone seemed to enjoy learning how to defend themselves in the relaxed atmosphere. It was also a great introduction to martial arts for many of those who attended.”
Pamela Mullan, who attended with both her daughter and grand-daughter, said she really enjoyed the course and picked up some very valuable moves.
“Proud to be part of three generations attending,” she added.
The free course was initiated last year after the murder of school teacher Ashling Murphy — who was attacked while jogging in Co Offaly — sent shockwaves around the country and beyond.
Such was the success of the free introductory programme and following requests from those who attended, Seamus has now decided to continue offering the classes at Aileach Youth and Community Centre.