Krav Maga? It’s self-defence, not a lager...
11:30am Monday 28th October 2013 in Latest News
Buy this photo » Will Bayley, left, teachers Krav Maga, a form of self-defence
A SWINDON pub was filled with customers of a different kind on Sunday morning as it played host a self-defence training session.
The Wheatsheaf Pub, in Dores Road, saw more than thirty people come to learn about Krav Maga - a form of self defence developed by the Israeli military.
It involves teaching participants moves which can be used if they are attacked by an assailant who may or may not be armed with a weapon, such as a knife or a bottle.
Will Bayley, 34, the instructor of Krav Maga classes in Swindon, said it teaches a skill which is becoming increasingly important.
He said: “With the world getting more dangerous this is a vital way for people to protect themselves.
“It is an intense self-defence system which offers a real life way out.
“Martial arts teach people a skill but not one which translates into a real-life combat situation.
“We have members of the armed forces, the security forces and members of the public who are all looking for ways to better protect themselves.
“A pub offers a great environment to practice because it is one of the key places someone might find themselves in such a situation where they need to defend themselves.”
Krav Maga is increasing in popularity and the Swindon club, which trains at the New College, already has more than 50 members despite running for barely more than a year.
WIll said: “It is definitely on the upward trend. People are starting to realise that martial arts is a fantasy and they want something which is useful to them.
“I taught Japanese martial arts for a number of years and I was never asked by the army to help them but now I regularly teach military personnel looking to build on their skills.”
One of those present at the class, which filled up several days after it was announced, was Kennie Gould, 42, of Penhill, who is a professional bodyguard.
He said: “It provides really useful and simple techniques which I can use in my job. It teaches to deal with any situation effectively and safely before moving on.
“I learnt Karate for 13 years and it didn’t teach me any of the skills I need in real life.”
The landlady at the Wheatsheaf said while it was not the normal weekend event the pub would hold it was a good way on integrating with the community.
Jane Scott said: “We opened about three months ago and are looking to make this place a real part of the community.
“This is unusual but as a pub we are very flexible to hold any event.”
For more information about Krav Maga and how to take part visit www.kravmagaswindon.co.uk
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