Cadets learn self defence skills

Cadets from 2477 (Britwell) and 2211 (Bracknell) Squadrons have joined forces for a Self Defence course.

This was organised by Flight Sergeant Seb Miller from 1996 (Earley) Squadron who is a qualified Instructor with the Self Defence Federation and assisted by Flight Sergeant Dom Powditch of 1861 (Wantage) Squadron a fellow martial arts expert. Together they demonstrated and taught techniques to the cadets which were extremely simple, effective and easy for them to pick up.

The two-day workshop covered general scenarios encountered by many of today’s teenagers and covered space management and control of a situation at its core thus helping to build confidence in the Cadets. Flight Sergeant Miller said “the workshop was excellent. Everyone worked extremely hard and enjoyed perfecting the self defence techniques. Bullying in schools is becoming ever more widespread along with street crime in general and therefore everyone should know how to deal with this type of situation in a non-aggressive way. I am happy to run similar evenings for other units across the Wing if they would so wish.”

The organiser of the workshop, Warrant Officer Gary Rawlings, said “My cadets, staff and I were totally astounded with the Workshop, what an eye-opener. We all left totally confident of our new abilities in self-defence. On our next parade night, our cadets were chatting non-stop about how much they had learnt and how much more confident they now feel.”