FAST way to confidence

The FAST Defense course featuring world renowned specialist in unarmed combat Bill Kipp was a resounding success.

Two classes of around 25 were held at the Cayman Prep School on Saturday and so many wanted to attend the $99 three-hour courses that they will definitely be running again next month.

Mostly women but many men including a boxing coach, assembled to learn how to use Kipp’s techniques to defend themselves in an unexpected street attack or in a domestic violence situation. Even the Governor’s wife attended. =

It was all arranged by karate instructor Bob Daigle who wants to introduce FAST Defense to as many people in Cayman as possible and generally make the island less violent. He invested $3,000 of his own money to buy two ‘bullet man’ suits, protective armour the coaches wear so that victims can attack as if in a real situation.

Kipp, assisted by his partner and co-coach Debra Thomas, made a big impression on the students here. He was equally appreciative of the amount of coverage the media gave these classes and really loved being in Grand Cayman and looks forward to coming back soon.

Testimonials poured in to Daigle this week who is now a realtor with Coldwell Banker.

One glowing tribute came from Gemma Burch, wife of boxing coach James.

‘The seminar totally exceeded all my expectations,’ she said.

‘To be honest, whilst I knew it was something I should do and that it would probably be beneficial to me, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to give up a whole one of my precious Saturdays to do it!

‘However, after doing it, there was no probably about it, it was of huge benefit to me and I now know that I would be able to diffuse most awkward situations with the verbal and body language skills we were taught; and if I was in the unfortunate position of being attacked I wouldn’t freeze and would be able to defend myself.

‘Whilst I was very nervous awaiting my turn to fight the bullet men in front of everyone – and even more nervous when my turn came and I was standing in the middle of the hall with my eyes closed waiting for the bullet man to attack – the adrenaline rush and the elation of what you have been taught working even for little me against a big man is totally worth those nerves.

‘The skills we learnt really could save your life.’