Women’s self defence class kicks off in Willmot Community Hub

SHAPE UP: Self defence instructor Jeff Phillips with Peta Kennedy, Vanessa Hopkinson and . Picture: Geoff Jones
SHAPE UP: Self defence instructor Jeff Phillips with Peta Kennedy, Vanessa Hopkinson and . Picture: Geoff Jones

How would you react if you were approached by someone acting aggressively on a train? Would you run, freeze or fight?

That was the first question posed to women at Willmot Community Hub on Tuesday, on day one of a new self defence class.

The idea came from resident Peta Kennedy, who said a lack of local fitness options and concerns for women in the community spurred her on.

“It’s basically because there’s no gym in Willmot,” Ms Kennedy said.

“I thought why not start a self-defence class. There’s a lot of women and children that live here.

“So it’s about getting fit and gaining some self-confidence at the same time.”

Ms Kennedy said the classes would help women feel more self assured in confronting situations.

“I’ve done a bit of boxing before but Willmot’s never had anything like this,” she said. “I think there’s a need for it.

“It doesn’t matter where you go, sometimes you face something dangerous. Doing this builds up some self confidence.

“It’s always good to know that wherever you walk, you can defend yourself.”

Self defence instructor Jeff Phillips has been enlisted to lead local women through a course of “simple” techniques designed to keep them safe in a pinch.

Peta Kennedy said she hoped more women would join the club in coming weeks. Picture: Geoff Jones

Peta Kennedy said she hoped more women would join the club in coming weeks. Picture: Geoff Jones

Ms Kennedy said she hoped the weekly class would prove popular with women of all ages.

“It’s not just good for the youth, it’s good for seniors too,” she said.

“It’s a good way to get fit, have a bit of fun but also do something worthwhile too.

“Hopefully we get a few more down next week.”

  • The class is held every Tuesday at 11.45am. Details: 0412 236 324.