Self-defence on tap

You’re walking home and you have your earbuds in your ears. Suddenly, someone comes out of a doorway and grabs your arm. What do you do?

Dragon Martial Arts owner and instructor Warren Lee observes students Stephanie Wiebe

You’re walking home from work, you have your earbuds in your ears so you can listen to some music on the way. Suddenly, someone comes out of a doorway and grabs your arm. What do you do?

Warren Lee, owner and instructor at Dragon Martial Arts in Port Alberni, wants to teach women how to react to such a situation. He is offering a women’s self-defence class on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“In a perfect world we shouldn’t need self-defence; but this isn’t a perfect world,” says Lee.

Lee is the only certified Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu instructor in Canada. The self-defence workshop will  include moves from this particular martial art, which focuses on defence as opposed to fighting.

“It was developed for the smaller and weaker to defend themselves from the bigger and stronger,” Lee explains. “It’s all about leverage.”

The Feb. 27 session is free to women aged 10 and up. to register, please e-mail thedragon78910@gmail.com or call 250-720-9556.

Anyone attending the session should wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to remove their footwear.

Dragon Martial Arts is located at 2984 Third Ave.

The door is to the right as you are facing the Salvation Army Thrift Store.

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