Experts equip students with self-defence skills
To reduce cases of domestic violence and bullying in schools, a non-governmental organisation, Global Unarmed Tactical Self-Defense Association (GUTS- DA), in conjunction with Emadomi Wilson Eguakhide, have organised one-day female gender self-defence training for schools.
Africa region coordinator for GUTS-DA, Sunday lgbinedion, said the association has embarked on a self-defence empowerment orientation and awareness creation project for schools and communities in Lagos State.
He stressed that empowering girls, women and children with self-defence skills is necessary, because they are the most vulnerable in the society.
According to him, the association usually sets aside April and November, every year, to support sexual assault awareness campaign and International Day for the elimination of violence against women with free self-defence empowerment seminars and workshops.
He said: “We observed from reports that COVID-19 pandemic brought spike in incidents of violence against girls and women as a result of confinements, schools’ closure, unemployment and hunger.”
Igbinedion emphasised the need to study any environment, shout for help and use self-defence skills to escape when faced by abusers or physical assault perpetrators.
Chief Executive Officer, D–Genius Group of schools, Mr Augustine Nwabueze, said self-defence strategies are essential for students and girls who are vulnerable, especially with the increase in insecurity, kidnapping and insurgency ravaging the country.
He disclosed that joining 80 students in self-defence class have reinvigorated him, recalling similar experience he had from training in Police College years ago.
While noting that the training is timely and impactful, he stated that it should be collective collaboration of government, teachers and religious leaders to reduce domestic violence, rape and sexual molestation, among others.”
Ajah community seminar coordinator, Mrs. Treasure Uchegbu, advised people to act, start a movement, rather than watch abuse happen, standup, speak or intervene in harmful situations to assist others.
Exercise physiologist and instructor, Charles Ajayi, took participants through different exercises, including breathing, aerobic, health and nutrition tips, among others. He advised boys to care for girls and not bully them, but see them as families and friends.
Master of self-defence, Mr Segun Fagbemide, took participants through legal angle of self-defence, advising them to be cautious in deploying their learned skills, only using them when in danger as last resort.