Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Kick-Starting Self-Defence

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Kick-Starting Self-Defence

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Byline: Kate Matthews

TONY Young reckons the last thing any male attacker expects is a 50-year-old lady to come out with a front kick, knock him off balance and run.

And he says if he can save one woman from getting bashed heall be happy.

Which is why Mr Young, who is a first dan black belt in the martial art of aikido, has teamed up with his mate Toby McGrath to establish a new self-defence course for women in Yamba.

Conquer MMA and Fitness uses areal lifea scenarios to train women of all ages to be better prepared in the face of attack.

aIf women can learn how to keep focused, breathe, and stay calm during an attack ... if we can help them find the one thing they are good at so they can fight back, then thatas what weall try and harness,a said Mr Young.

aWe had one lady a when she first started with us a she would hit the pads like a butterfly. …

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