Self Defence Classes for Fathers and Daughters
Self Care. Self Respect. Self Image.
Help your daughter discover her inner super-woman by developing proven personal safety skills. Our father and daughter self-defense classes are designed to teach practical self-defense skills to enable her to defend herself no matter whether she is on her feet, in a confined space, or even if she finds herself on the ground.
We ensure that our martial arts courses are run in a supportive, safe, and fun environment without the fear of injury. All our classes are “no contact”, and our 7000 square-foot studio ensures that students train and maintain social distancing guidelines.
GAIN CONFIDENCE AND AWARENESS
SELF DEFENSE CLASSES
4 Weeks – Includes Parent & Child
Sat. 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Protecting Teenage Girls
We all know that teenage girls feel the need to seek independence. They begin staying at home alone or with younger siblings. They start staying away from home for more extended periods, walking to a friend’s house or school, cycling around the city, riding the bus with friends, or babysitting. They begin exploring the world without direct adult supervision.
Teens are now looking more to their friends for social, cultural, and moral guidance. Plus, you might be concerned about the effect of peer pressure, unhealthy relationship behaviors, and cultural settings that can denigrate a girl’s sense of self. Every girl needs some help to make up for the life experience they don’t yet have.
In this class, teenagers are taught to identify the signs that someone may mean them harm, plan a safe retreat from suspicious situations, practice physical moves (if needed), and learn to find supportive self-care – all in an age-appropriate setting using language and concepts suitable for teenage girls.
Successfully Defend Yourself
Research has shown that women who successfully defend themselves can quickly recognize threatening situations and enforce their boundaries, if necessary, by physical means. In this six-week self-defense course, you learn to recognize the ploys that assailants use to manipulate women and how you can thwart them. The course is designed to give you time between classes to practice your self-defense moves and become more comfortable with them.
We will teach you how to:
- release yourself from basic grabs and fight back with strikes to vital targets.
- use your body language and voice to take command of a confrontation with impact.
- assess your risks, and address them.
- identify the signs to help you de-escalate, defuse, or evade any situation before a physical assault ever happens.
- understand the connections between awareness, threats, and your immediate environment.
We teach more than just self-defense skills
Not only do our self-defense classes help you hone your physical and mental skills, but they also give you a fantastic workout to help you stay in great shape. Plus, our real-world-based training methods will leave you feeling more confident and self-aware at each stage of your training. You and your daughter can get fit, stay fit, become more self-confident and self-aware, and learn how to defend yourselves in any situation.
Self Care, Self Respect, Self Image
Studies have shown that young women who know how to defend themselves don’t have to because of how they carry themselves more confidently, and confidence alone is a deterrent to bullies. When you combine Self-Discipline + Self-Defence, you get… Self-Confidence. At Great Way Martial, you’ll enjoy an invigorating experience in a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive atmosphere that will test your mental and physical boundaries. At the same time, you gain those oh-so-important self-defense skills.
Kung Fu translates to “hard work, well-done”. We teach our students that “hard work + self-discipline = success”. We define a champion as someone who never gives up. We push our students to challenge the voice inside them that says, “I can’t do that” or “I’m not smart enough, fast enough, or strong enough”. We stand by this affirmation: “I can, I must, I will!”
Harness the power of martial arts for confidence, fitness, and robust-self protection skills. You’ll feel empowered, confident, and full of the desire to take your self-defense skills to new heights. Sometimes all it takes is to replace a boring routine with something more engaging that awakens your inner Amazon. Our classes will help you harness the power of martial arts for incredible fitness, holistic wellness, patience and control, and of course, learning to KICK A$$.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Relaxes Nervous System
Helps Relieve Insomnia
Reduces Anxiety and Depression
Increases Focus, Awareness and Confidence
Improves Discipline and Posture
Increases Self-Awareness and Tolerance
Trains Right and Left Brain
Harmonize Yin and Yang
Kick Start a Great Attitude
What is Kung Fu & Wing Chun?a
Unlike Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Judo or Jujitsu, Kung Fu does not represent a style of Martial Arts. Kung Fu is Ancient movement and a mindset, it translates to “hard work, well done.” Wing Chun is a style of Kung Fu like Tai Chi. It is the most popular style of Kung Fu, besides Tai Chi, practiced in the world and one of the most effective for self-defense.
The Truth About Kung Fu
Being in shape or losing weight is not necessary to start classes
Previous experience or flexibility is not required
We have a NO contact policy
Great Way students are very friendly and helpful
You will learn at your own pace
No Competitions, Tournaments or Contact Sparring
We have a very welcoming environment
Testing and Belt advancement is optional
Kung Fu is not a “style” it is a mindset, it means “hard work, well done”
We specialize in a style of Kung Fu called Wing Chun. Here is a brief history of Wing Chun and how Great Way started…
Legendary Origin – Sil Lum (Shaolin) Temple
The Wing Chun style originated over 250 year s ago. It was created in the Sil Lum (Shaolin) Buddhist Monastery of Mt. Sung, in the Hunan Province of China as a reaction to repressive Manchu Government during the Ching Dynasty. Our best source for the origin of Wing Chun is the late Grand Master Ip (Yip) Man. According to Ip Man, it was created by 5 Shaolin Grand Masters at Sil Lum as a new fighting style that would dominate other fighting arts and require much less training time to master. Kung Fu became very strong at Sil Lum and aroused fear in the Manchu Government. The Monastery was burned down and the monks and disciples scattered. The 5 masters went their separate ways. One of the masters named Ng Mui met Yim Yee and his daughter Wing Chun. At fifteen, Wing Chun’s beauty attracted the attention of a local bully who tried to force her to marry him. Ng Mui learned of this and agreed to teach the young girl self-defense techniques. Wing Chun trained night and day until she mastered the techniques then challenged the bully to a fight and beat him. Ng Mui gave the honor of developing the Kung Fu style to Wing Chun.
Yim Wing Chun – Ip (Yip) Man
Wing Chun translates as “hope for the future” or “beautiful springtime.” She taught her husband Leung Bok Chau and through a series of students who became masters the Kung Fu style was taught to Ip (Yip) Man. It can thus be said that the Wing Chun system was passed on to Ip Man in a direct line of succession from its origin. There have been many movies made about Kung Fu and Wing Chun. The most famous was brought to the big screen by Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Donnie Yen, who plays Ip Man in most of the movies about his life.
William Cheung, Bruce Lee and Brian Lewadny
Grandmaster William Cheung was taught by Ip Man in Hong Kong. After the passing of Ip Man William opened up Traditional Wing Chun, teaching the once private style widely across the World. William Cheung’s two most exceptional students were Bruce Lee and Brian Lewadny. Brian Lewadny is the Chief Instructor of the Canadian Wing Chun Association. He pioneered the diverse Wing Chun curriculum complete with traditional and non-traditional weapons and all ranges of combat from standing to ground. This exceptional curriculum is taught only by the Instructors of the Canadian affiliated Wing Chun Academies.
James was born in Penticton, BC and started martial arts training in 1980. James was first to achieve the title of Sifu, Level 10 with Instructor Certification under the Instruction of Sigung Brian Lewadny in Calgary, AB. He was also the first student to complete a Level 10 Instructors Exam by the current high standards and content of the exceptional curriculum mentioned above. Returning to the Okanagan in 1993 with his partner and wife Esmeralda, they opened Great Way Martial Arts. Their passion for the mission of Great Way, “to joyfully inspire the mental and physical well-being of our community” continues to grow year after year.
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