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Students learn key moves in warm up exercises with Derek Weaver.

Published 3rd July 2012, 11:16am

Self defence is credited with an ability to teach patience, determination and above all how to protect one’s self.

On Thursday 21 June 2012 at the Dalmain Ebanks Boxing Gym, students who regularly attend the Extended After School Programme (EASP) at the gym were in for a treat.

Well known martial arts instructor Mr. Bob Daigle and the Ministry of Education were able to work together to provide students who attend EASP with one on one training with two elite athletes in the martial arts field.

Overseas champions in their respective fields, Mr. Danny Davis Jr., a kickboxing champion and Pro MMA fighter, and Mr. Derek Weaver, a Brazilian Jujitsu instructor and UFC Fighter, were on hand at the gym to give each of the students pointers in kickboxing and martial arts.

The group were excited and interested in the new tactics delivered during the special class. Mr. Daigle commented on the exercise stating, “One of the goals with this training session is to introduce different martial styles to our young people on island, in the hope that they will want to get involved and stay active.”

Through the class, each of the students was able to practice tucks, rolls and holding positions. Mr. Daigle reviewed the benefits that one gains from martial arts: “Having kids practicing any of the martial arts will build focus, goal setting and active lifestyles.”

The Ministry was delighted to be able to set up this class for the afterschool programme. Mr. Michael Myles, Programme Coordinator, Liaison Officer-At Risk Youth in the Ministry stated, “We are most grateful for Mr. Daigle and his international team for coming down and sharing with the kids the experience that one gains while practicing a healthy lifestyle and the martial arts.”

The EASP continues to expose children to new activities with a focus on homework/tutoring, sporting activities, youth activities, culinary arts, community service, and arts and crafts. (GIS)