Have you heard about our self-defence classes but aren’t sure if they would be for you? Both Brian and Hayley are taking part in their second round of self-defence classes and kindly gave us some insight into their experiences so far.

Brian describes the classes as “a refreshing change of pace” and believes they could be beneficial for the wider low or no vision community.

“It’s really good for the blind community to use different parts of our body and mind,” Brian said. “We can get used to a routine – using computers at home, navigating our environments – and this is different.”

While the classes are about learning self-defence techniques, Brian said the positive takeaways were more general and could apply to anyone.

“It is for self-defence, but it’s more of a ‘just in case’. It’s a good activity because it’s physical and it’s different,” Brian said.

For Hayley, she found working one-on-one with the instructors transformed the experience and made it more accessible.

“Having individual coaches means you pick it all up more quickly and you’re not all squashed in,” Hayley said. “The class is nice and small and the coaches are very respectful and make you feel comfortable.”

For some, self-defence may sound like a daunting activity. But, with instructors who are able to assist you at your own pace, and activities that can be personalised to suit each individual, it is all about building confidence.

If you would like to take on a new challenge, or find out a bit more information, you can call our friendly team on 3500 9060 or email [email protected].

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