Safety mindset to take front foot­

READY TO RUMBLE: Anytime Fitness self-defence instructor Clancy Peterson gears up for the introductory self defence seminar this weekend in Griffith. Picture: Anthony Stipo

READY TO RUMBLE: Anytime Fitness self-defence instructor Clancy Peterson gears up for the introductory self defence seminar this weekend in Griffith. Picture: Anthony Stipo

GRIFFITH residents are taking their personal safety into their own hands, with the demand for self-defence classes on the rise.

The latest for the city will be held at Anytime Fitness this Saturday by self-defence instructors Clancy Peterson and Brodie Eade, who will show locals how to tackle conflict.

“Griffith’s a pretty safe town but there has been a bit of an increase in bullying in schools and with so many people working shift work it’s a handy tool to have,” Mr Peterson said.

“With our course we get right into the mindset of overcoming fear and defending yourself and what is going through the head of the attacker.

“The first thing we do is teach people to try and defuse the situation. After that we teach them some very basic techniques to bridge the gap and increase your chance of getting away and stopping the attack.”

Mr Peterson said they aimed to keep their classes as basic as possible so people could retain the information.

“We keep it all super basic,” he said.

“I’ve taught self-defence for close to 15 years and I believe it is a good skill for everyone to have.

“We find that guys are drawn to it, but it’s good for the female population too.”

The introductory self-defence seminar is open to members and non-members and will run through theory on attacker mindset, defender mindset, fight/flight/freeze and gritty survival.

They will also demonstrate a host of practical moves. To find out more contact Griffith Anytime Fitness.

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