Parents from Cardiff are being encouraged to sign their kids up to a self-defence taster session this Easter in a bid to increase their confidence, social awareness, safety and fitness.
RESOLVE it, a community interest company that provides training and workshops in how to stay safe, will be hosting two workshops on the 1st and 2nd April for young people between the ages of 7-13 at Howell’s School in Llandaff.
The workshops, which are open to the public, will teach young people how to be aware of their surroundings and equip them with techniques that will help them if they are in a situation where they feel vulnerable or threatened.
The tasters will incorporate both theoretical and practical sessions to empower young people to recognise and understand danger and build confidence and communication skills so that they can use dialogue and conflict resolution techniques to diffuse violent situations.
Eira Culverwell, managing director of RESOLVE it, said: “With children growing up far more quickly these days, due to an ever-changing society and a rise in alcohol and drug use, we want young adults to be aware of potentially dangerous situations and how they can positively use personal safety techniques.
“There is a widely held misconception that self-defence is all about being able to physically beat your opponent after they attack you first. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Being physical is the last resort, ever. The goal of personal safety is not to put yourself in a situation where you may have to fight to defend yourself.
“It’s important that young people are equipped with the techniques and knowledge on how to protect themselves if they feel vulnerable or threatened, whether it be a stranger or by someone they know.”
The taster sessions follow the success of RESOLVE it’s partnership with Howell’s School where it has worked with to school to deliver training sessions to pupils on healthy relationships, conflict resolution, anger awareness, substance misuse and bullying.
Sally Davis, Principal at Howell’s school, said: “Young people face many social challenges from cyber bullying to peer pressure so it’s essential that they are equipped with the knowledge to identify risks and techniques to handle any challenging situations. RESOLVE it has great ideas and really understand how to engage with students and discuss serious topics but in a fun and creative way.
“All of the students that they have worked with at Howell’s have really enjoyed the interactive sessions and we have noticed a significant improvement in their confidence and self-awareness. We’re looking forward to opening our doors this Easter and hope lots of children will take advantage of these sessions.”
Alongside the self-defence tasters, RESOLVE it’s sister company, Rewise, will be holding revision courses for years ten and eleven on 1st April. The sessions will be unique as Rewise take key elements of the English, Maths and Science syllabuses and transform them into easy to remember and relevant song lyrics, expressed through popular and contemporary music genres.
Eira added: “Easter is often a stressful time for students with GCSEs looming and for some young people revision is very difficult. The musical workshops we’ll be running will provide students with a fun and quirky way of learning which may work for students who struggle with traditional revision methods.”
Places for the self-defence taster sessions cost £6 for two hours and parents should register interest by emailing Academy@resolveitcic.co.uk.