Self-defence workshop a hit

2012-10-08 00:00

SALIM Badat, the only second generation student of the late martial arts legend Bruce Lee, was in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday to hold a free self-defence workshop.

The workshop took place at the Body Dynamics gym in Chief Albert Luthuli Street, and Badat was at hand to impart his knowledge onto the enthusiastic group — which included The Witness — that had arrived.

Badat showed the group defence moves such as the palm strike.

One of the attendees was lawyer Yuri Maharaj who said the workshop was a great experience.

“I took a lot out of it, especially the self-defence techniques, and how to deal with incidents on the streets,” he said.

Another who attended was Grade 10 pupil Allan Elder from St Nicholas school, who had read about the workshop in The Witness.

“It was great. This guy is amazing,” Allan said of Badat. He hoped that there would be more workshops in the future.

He added that it was important to learn self-defence techniques.

“I know at least 20 guys who would be interested in joining his class,” said Allan, who said he had been doing mixed martial arts for a “few years”.

Speaking to The Witness after the workshop, Badat said he was pleased with the group.

“We had an enthusiastic group …” he said, adding that he could be back in Pietermaritzburg in the future.

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