Self-defence workshop empowers LGBTQ+ students plus allies
A big thank you from the Fairfield Family to Nicki Higgins for running a self-defence workshop for LGBTQ+ students plus allies, who benefited from learning new techniques and, in doing so, helped build confidence and self-esteem.
Nicki, a 4th dan black belt and leader of Shorinji Kempo Dojo, has helped to develop, empower and support Bristol’ LGBTQ+ community by teaching Fairfield students (amongst others) a series of simple yet effective self-defence techniques.
According to the website B247, the workshops came about after “learning that one in five LGBTQ+ people have experienced a hate crime within the last 12 months.
“In fact, the Galop 2021 Hate Crime report showed that over a third of respondents experienced anti-LGBTQ+ violence or abuse at least weekly; these disturbing statistics highlight the need for safe spaces to learn self-defence skills.”
Not only did the students learn techniques to empower them to feel confident and safe in public, but ones which will enable them to escape whilst in confronting situations.
Thank you to Nicki for her valuable time spent with us.