Self Defence Instructor
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Self-defense classes receive extra equipment.
A local martial arts and self defence instructor Charlie Riley approached the Pohutukawa Coast Helping Hand Trust (PCHHT) earlier this year seeking help to obtain training gear for free community based self-defense classes being held in Maraetai.
With the encouragement of local Paul Gapes and Sir Graham Henry, Teamsports, the distributor of Adidas combat gear, has aided in supplying focus mitts and kick pads.
Charlie runs paid self defence and martial arts classes where students purchase their own gear to train with but he also gives his time freely to instruct other groups in the community, the supplied equipment will be utilised for this voluntary training. He has been teaching reality based self defence & martial arts (Kung Fu) in the local area for near on 10 years, mainly for the kids. This year Charlie started doing community based street self defence courses for the Beachlands, Whitford and Maraetai areas. These courses were completely free of charge, spread over a 6 week period and open to everyone over the age of 14. He has also run another two community based courses in South Auckland, Panmure and Mt Wellington.
Simon Male and Garry Larsen explained that the Pohutukawa Helping Hand Trust operates on a ‘from the community for the community’ philosophy, where any donations made will stay local to assist people making a difference in the community, as well disadvantaged people that may need a helping hand in life to get ahead. This is not only financially but also in a mentoring role.