On Monday 6th March Loughborough Jiu Jitsu are holding a self-defence class for women and non-binary students. Sports Editor, Jasmine Trapnell shares all the details on when, where, and why.

Loughborough Jiu Jitsu are holding a self defence class for women and non-binary students on Monday 6th March, 3pm at Sir David Wallace Studio 1, with tickets priced at just £5.

“Jiu Jitsu is a martial art which uses your opponent’s momentum against them. So with the right technique, you don’t need strength at all!”

Neve Hutchinson (Loughborough Jiu Jitsu’s welfare rep) described why the club chose to host this class: “For myself, doing Jiu Jitsu has been a huge aid in my confidence when I am walking alone at night, and I am aware that many of the others from the club feel the same. Everyone deserves the right to feel safe at night regardless of the situation, but sometimes this is not the case and we have unfortunately seen so much of this in the media in recent years. We want everyone to be able to access the skills necessary to protect and empower themselves, and this workshop is our contribution to making this happen!”

The style of Jiu Jitsu taught here at Loughborough is Japanese Jiu Jitsu, which focuses heavily on self-defence techniques. The class will involve throwing, joint manipulation (wrist locks/arm locks), releases from grabs and ground fighting. The skills taught in this two-hour session are completely beginner friendly and have practical use.

If you are thinking about attending but you are unsure, Hutchinson has a reassuring message: “This session is going to be delivered by a female Sensei who has a wealth of experience in delivering these self-defence workshops. The content taught will be scenario based- if there is a particular situation you feel you would struggle to get out of, then you can raise this, and we will demonstrate effective ways to protect yourself. Most importantly, see this workshop as an opportunity to empower yourself. You deserve the right to feel safe, and we want to offer you a chance to learn the best ways to do that in an incredibly supportive environment.”

Tickets can be bought here

Edited by – Jasmine Trapnell (Sports Editor)

Designed by Meg Crowther (Head of Design)


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