Sensei Gary Luxton to teach free Cleveland self defence classes

PROTECTION: Two free self defence classes will be held at Cleveland State School.
PROTECTION: Two free self defence classes will be held at Cleveland State School.

FROM being mugged as a teen to becoming a senior instructor and black belt in karate, Gary Luxton will share his story and self defence knowledge at two free Cleveland workshops.

The hour-long workshops - to be held from 6pm on October 10 and 17 at the Cleveland State School hall - will cover topics like the difference between school-based and street-based self defence, your legal rights in a self defence situation and several deflection and counter attack moves.

Men, women and children older than 13 can attend.

A fourth dan black belt and GKR Karate senior instructor, Luxton has trained for two decades.

He was inspired to learn to protect himself physically and mentally after being mugged as a 17-year-old.

During the workshops, he will also discuss the psychology of bullying based on his own experience as a martial artist, victim and father of four.

Classes are free but numbers are capped at 20 people per night.

People interested in attending should register here. They should wear comfortable clothes and bring water.