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KICKBOXER OFFERS FREE CLASSES FOR WOMEN
Self-defence lessons may save a life
Justin Stringer and Gary Martin are starting free self-defence classes for women in Canberra.
Photo: Rohan Thomson
It s hard to grapple with the horrifying
scale of domestic violence in
Australia, however a new community-
focused self-defence initiative is
offering women the skills to fight
back. Trained kickboxer Justin
Stringer said working as an Ona
Coffee barista he had grown frustrated
reading the seemingly endless reports
of suffering, sexual assault and
violence targeting women.
"In 2015 there was the Tara
Costigan tragedy and multiple other
cases and when you see that constantly
you want to do something about it,"
He said a national mission to stamp
out the scourge of family violence was
important but his goal, by offering free
all female self-defence classes across
the ACT, was to empower Canberra
women with something nobody can
"A lot of domestic violence happens
behind closed doors," he said. "Having
these tools and a familiarity with how
to defend yourself is so valuable,
Floating the idea by creating the
Free self defence classes for women
in canberra Facebook page one
evening, Stringer said he was
astonished by the level of immediate
interest and number of friends and
peers from the martial arts community
who offered their time to help or
The first all-female class held at the
Calwell Playing fields in December
was a great success but Stringer said in
the run up to winter he hopes to find
sports venues and gyms willing to
open their doors to the idea.
The second session was made
possible after the Turnbull Martial
Arts Academy in Belconnen offered
their gym floor for the community
session with Brazilian jui jitsu
practitioner Gary Martin.
"It s not about learning to fight,"
Stringer said. "Nobody wants women
to have to use these skills but through
training you can learn to see a strike
coming, move in ways to reduce harm
to yourself or break away and get to
The goal was to host sessions
throughout the year at locations across
the capital to extend the opportunity to
as many Canberra women as possible.
"There is no cost involved," he said.
"We just want to impart the knowledge
we have and help empower women
that want to be there.
"There are lots of techniques you
don t need to study for years to get a
grasp of. It is just about
communicating that to people that
have never done this sort of stuff
win for family
A Canberra mother with barely two
cents to rub together will be able to
buy a home for her family after
winning last Monday night s
$1 million Lotto draw.
The woman in her 40s -- who did not
want to be named -- was unaware she
had won the first-division prize until
she was contacted by a NSW Lotteries
official on Tuesday morning.
I m shaking at the moment. I ve
had such a horrible start to the year so
the other day I decided I d buy myself
a Lotto ticket, she said, according to
NSW Lotteries. I ve barely had two
cents to rub together--Ievenworked
an extra shift yesterday to earn some
extra money. Now I ll be able to buy
myself a home. This is . . . a great head
start in life for my children.
The woman is one of two new
millionaires after Monday night s
draw. The other first-division winning
entry was sold in Dungog, NSW.
The woman s winning ticket was
bought at the Nextra Hyperdome, in
INTERIM BOSS TAKES
ON NEW CHALLENGE
The ACT Ambulance Service s new
new acting chief officer is excited to
take charge of the organisation after
starting there as a student paramedic.
Jon Quiggin steps into the role as
the service faces significant structural
change, joining fire and rescue and the
State Emergency Service in
government plans to overhaul the
emergency services to improve
efficiency, reduce costs and eliminate
Airline's interest in Canberra tipped to encourage other carriers
Singapore Airlines reported move to
consider flying to and from Canberra
could lead more carriers to offer
international flights, aviation
Singapore Airlines would be the
most logical airline to step into the
Canberra market, they say, amid
reports the company may start direct
flights from Canberra to Singapore
with a connecting flight to Wellington.
While Singapore Airlines and the
ACT Chief Minister s office have not
confirmed the reports, they each
stopped short of ruling it out, saying
only there was nothing to announce
at this stage .
The Australian Financial Review
reports Singapore Airlines chief
executive Goh Choon Phong is
expected to announce the addition of
the flights during a visit to Canberra
Four weekly flights using an
Airbus A330 would run between
Singapore and Canberra, with the
same service used to run a return flight
between Canberra and Wellington,
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