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A free workshop for women looking to arm themselves with self-defence techniques is being held Saturday May 25 at Byron Bay’s Academy Martial Arts.

‘Once women find their inner female fighter they become more confident,’ said Tima Elabdallaoui, who teaches Muay Thai. ‘Confidence is very important in self-defence’.

Tima credits martial arts with helping her to realise how strong and passionate a women she really is. ‘It can truly change your everyday life. It’s not just about jumping into a ring. I learned so much about myself and changed for the better,’ she said.

The workshop will also be run by Bridget Watkins, a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and longtime Muay Thai practitioner, who competes nationally and internationally.

The two-hour introductory workshop will share information and practical demonstrations on how to position yourself when being attacked, how to break free from a hold or a choke, and how to keep calm.

Different types of strikes and blocks will be practised and preventive behaviours will be examined.

‘There are many ways to minimise risk and potential harm. For example the voice, if used correctly, can make a difference,’ Tima said.

All females from fourteen years old are invited. Wear comfortable clothes including a top with short or long sleeves (no singlets) and bring water. Saturday May 25 12.30–2.30pm. Bookings are essential: [email protected] or 6685 7001.

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