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International Women's Day Free Taster

Updated: May 11, 2023

International Women's Day is celebrated every year on March 8th, and is a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. One way to celebrate this day is by empowering women with skills and knowledge that will help them protect themselves in dangerous situations. Our Ju-jitsu club did just that by organising a free self-defence taster session for women during the week of International Women's Day, and the results were nothing short of a success.

In recent years, the club has noticed a significant increase in the number of women interested in learning self-defence. In response to this trend, we decided to offer a free self-defence taster session for women.

"I really loved this experience. Everyone was so friendly and made sure we all felt comfortable and safe about everything we did. I feel really lucky to have been a part of it- thanks to everyone who organised and facilitated!"

- Zekal, 24

The session was open to women of all ages and fitness levels and was advertised through the club's social media channels and local community groups. The response was overwhelming, and the session quickly reached capacity, with over 15 women signing up to attend, with a lot more interest.

The taster session was led by Richard, who was assisted by Gabby, the event organiser, and blue belt. Both Rich and Gabby have experience in teaching self-defence to women. They started the session with a brief introduction to Ju-jitsu and the importance of self-defence, followed by a demonstration of basic self-defence techniques.

Richard, the female club members and our Dan belts then led the participants through a series of exercises designed to teach them how to defend themselves against common attacks such as grabs, punches, and chokes. The exercises were simple but effective, and the participants quickly gained confidence in their ability to defend themselves.

"This event had a really friendly and welcoming atmosphere. I felt it was a safe space with excellent instructors which made me feel very comfortable. I learned some really useful basic self-defence techniques."

-Kerry, 59

After the session, the club received numerous positive feedback from the participants, who expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to learn self-defence in a safe and supportive environment. Many of them also expressed their interest in joining the club and learning more about Ju-jitsu. The success of the taster session has had a significant impact on the club, with more women joining and attending regular classes.

The success of the Ju-jitsu club's International Women's Day free self-defence taster session is a testament to the power of sport in empowering women and promoting gender equality. By providing women with the skills and knowledge to defend themselves, the club has not only helped to keep them safe but has also encouraged them to take an active role in their own physical and mental wellbeing.

Thank you to all of the club members who helped out and to all of the attendees who made this event possible.

We look forward to running similar events in the future!

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