A renewed focus on self defence in recent months has made many options popular in the Cayman Islands.
Among them is Krav Maga, an Israeli style practiced mainly by Ronnie Hughes at The Bootcamp Gym. Following a successful camp in August, Hughes states he has been pushed into expanding his business.
“Due to our huge following and increased membership, we will be moving to a brand new, exclusive state-of-the-art facility due to open its doors to the Cayman public in January 2013,” Hughes said.
“The new facility will be bigger, better and with a whole host of new features. This facility will be the first of its kind in Cayman or anywhere else for that matter.”
Hughes drew interest for Krav Maga with seminars featuring top instructors David Kahn of the US and Avital Zeisler. The sessions took place at the old site in West Shore Centre, attracted some 87 people and resulted in $1,000 being donated to the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, which provides safe, temporary shelter for abused women and children.
Zeisler, who earned her certification in Israel, is a former ballerina who credits Krav Maga with saving her life.
“My father put me in a self-defence course and it happened to be Krav Maga,” Zeisler said. “It was a 10-week intensive course. Then I was attacked later on and basically that’s what propelled me to want to learn how to protect myself.
“What I learned from that 10-week course saved my life.”
Heading into the Christmas holidays, The Bootcamp Gym will be closed. As Hughes states, a temporary site will be available.
“The Bootcamp will close for approximately four weeks from 24 December. We have to grow bigger to accommodate the demand after only just six months of opening. We are currently making plans to establish a temporary satellite gym.”
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