Free self defence class for women in Potters Bar

PUBLISHED: 15:45 16 February 2016 | UPDATED: 16:01 16 February 2016

Alan and Babs Yearley

Alan and Babs Yearley


Women and girls can learn how to defend themselves at a free class in Potters Bar.

The self-defence and protection course is held at the Wroxham Primary School hall. Sessions were held on Wednesday, February 3 and Wednesday February 10, and the final session is tomorrow from 6.30pm to 8pm.

The sessions aim to be fun, informative and practical. Daughters are welcome to attend alongside their mothers if they are over the age of 10.

Course administrator Babs Yearley, a Potters Bar resident, runs Zendoryu Martial Arts alongside her son Alan Yearley, who is the course instructor.

She said: “Over the last six months there has been an increase in the amount of muggings, attacks and general unsavoury things happening all around us.

“We felt the time was right to run a self-defence course especially designed for women. We are passionate about empowering people with knowledge and skills to face the everyday world with confidence.

“We don’t aim to turn everyone into experts, but to give them some choices on how to react if they find themselves in a situation, rather than just freezing on the spot. In other words, being pro-active.”

The course is being offered for free as Wroxham Primary School allowed the hall to be used without charge.

The course administrator said after the first session: “We had a wonderful turnout and expect even more people next week.”

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