Legacy of Bruce Lee lives on

2012-09-25 00:00

THE philosophy of global martial arts legend Bruce Lee is coming to Pietermaritzburg.

Durbanite Salim Badat, the country’s only second-generation student of the late Bruce Lee, is coming to the city next month to hold a free self-defence workshop.

Badat, who completed his schooling at Woodhouse Secondary School in Pietermaritzburg, is the student of Richard Bustillo, who was taught by the legendary film star and martial arts instructor himself.

The workshop, which will be held at the Body Dynamics Gym on Saturday, October 6, will be free to people from the ages of 15 upwards, regardless of fitness levels.

“I also conduct seminars all over South Africa. I get a fair number of students who come to me because they want to learn the philosophy of Bruce Lee. However, a lot of them just want to learn more about self-defence,” he said.

Badat, who also teaches gender- specific programmes, will conduct a one-hour session for men and another for women.

“I teach people about situational awareness. If you are aware of your situation, perpetrators might avoid you and target someone who is switched off,” he said.

At his academy in Durban, Badat trains up to 80 adults and 40 children.

He said the idea behind holding the workshop was to empower people, but he also hoped there would be a big enough reception for him to open up a satellite centre of his academy in Pietermaritzburg.

“I can take 50 people maximum,” he said. “People need to call, e-mail or contact me on Facebook and reserve a place.”

Salim can be reached at 082 950 8870, e-mail salimbjkd@gmail.com or through his profile on Facebook.

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