THE 62 women who attended the Krav Maga women's self-defence workshop, including representatives from women's Yokhuselo Haven, Prospect Hill Crisis Centre and PE Lobby For Change have labelled it a success.
Beyond teaching self-defence, the seminar – publicised by La Femme – also instilled more confidence in them knowing that they could do something when faced with a potentially dangerous situation.
Santhoshini Ramadu said she had learnt new things about self-defence.
"This workshop was very informative and I have definitely learnt a lot of new things to protect myself. The skills that I have learnt are very useful and I will probably need them in the future. I've also learnt that, as women, we can protect ourselves when in dangerous situations and your size doesn't matter when it comes to self-defence," she said. Rene Kloppers attended with her two teenage daughters.
"I have always been interested in self- defence and when I read about this workshop I knew that it's something I needed to do. I really learnt a lot from that workshop. I feel so much more confident now when walking alone in the evening because I know that I can protect myself," said Kloppers.
"And I feel a bit more at ease now because I know that my daughters have also learnt to protect themselves because I'm not always there with them. I really picked up a lot from the workshop and I was so impressed because Paul explained all the techniques so well."
Nomakhwezi Headbush said she had become more aware of her surroundings and imminent danger.
"I really enjoyed the workshop a lot although I wish that the moves were taught a little slower as I have already forgotten some of them but I guess that I will have to join the classes if I want to learn more.
"I feel more confident and I am already more aware of things and people around me and I feel like I'm in a better position to protect myself if anything happens."