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Island Top Team to hold a second women’s self-defense workshop in Nanaimo

September 16th, 2014 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media

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A women’s self-defense workshop held in late August was attended by over 20 women, prompting organizers to plan for another in September

picture 585Vancouver Island Jiu Jitsu instructor (“professor”) Robert Biernacki and colleague Cathal Walsh offered a women’s self defense workshop in the late summer to introduce concepts related to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, considered to be among the most proven methods of self defense known. Media in both the U.S. and Canada have reported a signficant increase in demand among women for self-defense workshops and courses, and gyms, police departments and colleges are responding to the demand by offering courses to students and community members.

Research shows that self-defense training has long-lasting effect

Research published in the June 2014 issue of journal Violence Against Women reported data from a study examining the effectiveness of self-defense training (a 10-week, university-based, feminist self-defense class) over a 1-year follow-up period. Researcher Jocelyn A. Hollander’s analyses indicated that women who participate in self-defense training are less likely to experience sexual assault and are more confident in their ability to effectively resist assault than similar women who have not taken such a class.

Joanne BaumannThe second Nanaimo workshop will be held on Sunday, September 28, 2014 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The Nanaimo workshop is hosted and instructed by Robert Biernacki. There is no charge but pre-registration is required [link here]. It is open to girls and women aged 14 up. Location: Nanaimo Athletic Club, 1451 Bowen Road in Nanaimo. Contact Robert at 250-739-1602 with any questions or email him at islandtopteam@gmail.com TO REGISTER. YOU MUST REGISTER WITH A TEXT, PHONE MESSAGE OR EMAIL.

We speak with Robert Biernacki and with Joanne Baumann, who attended the first women’s workshop last month.

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Images: (top left) Robert Biernacki and women’s workshop participants in August 2014; (above left) Joanne Baumann (image by Chris Bush, Nanaimo News Bulletin).

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