Grapevine Essex is a charity which provides fully supported recreational and educational activities for adults with learning difficulties in Essex.
We approached Richard from the Combat Academy, Chelmsford, to run a self-defence class for some of our members over the Easter break.
They had to fill in a medical questionnaire in advance so that Richard was well aware of any possible problems which could arise.
To begin with, we had a question and answer session on what constitutes bullying and how we may present ourselves to a possible bully as an easy target without even realising it.
Richard discussed ways of making ourselves ‘safe’ whilst out and about…for example, if you have to use your mobile phone, then make sure your back is against a wall so that you cannot be attacked from behind. He stressed the importance of not having earphones over both ears to make us more aware of our surroundings.
We then got onto how we can protect ourselves from a possible attack to the head area. Richard explained very carefully all steps involved and made sure he involved everyone even those sitting out on the side.
We practised how we should place our legs, arms, hands and elbows to fend off an attack to the head. This was repeated many times and will stick in their memories, I am sure.
All the time, Richard was very professional, caring and made sure everyone completed the manoeuvres carefully.
Excellent session and I would thoroughly recommend Richard to any other group looking for self-defence instruction.
If you would like to find out more contact Richard Mitchener the Owner Instructor of Combat Academy in Essex….07798 628 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Schultz, Grapevine Essex. 24th December 2016