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Streetsmart Kids Holiday Workshops for free
These days every parent's nightmare is for something to happen to their children from a chance meeting with an unknown person and this can happen as easily as talking to a stranger at the school gate or meeting a person on the walk home from school or work. The Daniel Morcombe case has certainly brought home to all of us the need for scrutiny and to be aware of potential threats that could occur.
BTC Martial Arts at Kelvin Grove is offering a free "Streetsmart Kids Workshop" this June School holidays on Tuesday 30th June from 3.00pm to 5.00pm for children aged 6 years and over. There is no uniform or previous martial arts experience required. Children will learn how to recognise possible potential threats, street safe strategies, home and school safe strategies as well as the ABC's of simple and effective self-defence techniques. The awareness taught will enable each child to be on the lookout for any crucial signs.
The actual philosophy behind Martial Arts is to get to know yourself internally and externally, to learn to master the mind, stay calm and centered when faced with a situation and to become aware of what we think and why. It is said that once you have mastered your mind you will have no desire to ever fight.
(Courtesy of Wikipedia)
Martial Arts is a very old craft with paintings on Ancient Egyptian artwork depicting some forms of struggle. In Vietnam drawings and sketches from 2879 BC describe certain ways of combat using a sword or stick. The mid to late 19th century marked the beginning of the history of martial arts as a modern sport combining a number of different techniques such as kickboxing, sword, stick etc. In Japan during the same period modern form of Judo, Jujutsu, Karate and Kendo were based on the old school period. Taekwondo was developed in the context of the Korean War in the 1950s with Judo being introduced into the Summer Olympics in 1964 and Karate into the World Championships in 1970.
Originally known as Hansu Taekwondo and Hapkido, BTC as they are now known offers a variety of opportunities for young and old with ages ranging from 4 years to 72 years and these can be school children, lawyers, Mum's, plumbers managers etc. Their trainers are highly trained professionals, yet each lesson is relaxed and easy going to ensure members have fun whilst learning and achieving their goals. Your goal can be as simple as improved health and fitness, toning and flexibility in a Pilates class to self-defence or skills for competition in age and belt specific classes. Sports Taekwndo and Weapons and Mixed Martial Art classes are also conducted.
Matted studios for safety and fitness (Courtesy of BTC's Facebook Page)
BTC have three separate training halls and every room is matted with competition sparring matts for better training and also to ensure your health and safety whilst training. All training room walls are mounted with mirrors so that you can visually improve your techniques. Full shower and change room facilities are provided along with a pro shop stocked with merchandise and fitness products. BTC have a full range of martial arts classes including gym, pilates and yoga for both men, women and children with further information located on their website or Facebook page.
The first time BTC held this type of School Holiday workshop, it was booked out, so if you would like your child to attend, it is best to book as early as possible. All information about this free workshop and other classes they offer can be located on their website.