Students trained in self defence

In the hope of getting students to lead active lifestyles, as well as learning to protect themselves, the Dalmain Ebanks Boxing Gym held a class in self defence. 

Students who regularly attend the Extended After School Programme at the gym were joined recently by Well known martial arts instructor Bob Daigle and the Ministry of Education. By working together, they were able to provide students who attend EASP with one-on-one training with two elite athletes in the martial arts field.  

Danny Davis Jr., a kickboxing champion and Pro MMA fighter, and Derek Weaver, a Brazilian Jujitsu instructor and UFC Fighter, overseas champions in their respective fields, were on hand at the gym to give each of the students pointers in kickboxing and martial arts.  

“One of the goals with this training session is to introduce different martial styles to our young people on island in the hope that they will want to get involved and stay active,” said Mr. Daigle. 

Through the class, each of the students was able to practice tucks, rolls and holding positions. Mr. Daigle reviewed the benefits that one gains from martial arts: “Having kids practicing any of the martial arts will build focus, goal setting and active lifestyles.”  

The Ministry was delighted to be able to set up this class for the after school programme. Michael Myles, programme coordinator and liaison officer of At Risk Youth in the Ministry stated, “We are most grateful for Mr. Daigle and his international team for coming down and sharing with the kids the experience that one gains while practicing a healthy lifestyle and the martial arts.” 

The EASP continues to expose children to new activities with a focus on homework/tutoring, sporting activities, youth activities, culinary arts, community service, and arts and crafts. 

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Student group (L-R) Bob Daigle, Derek Weaver, Danny Davis Jr, Michael Myles and Sean Cahill.- Photo: Submitted