Studying martial arts can bring a host of benefits, from confidence and body awareness to the ability to recognize potentially dangerous situations and the confidence to walk away from them whenever possible.
Gordon Davidge, Michele Duffy and Scott Barrett, operators of Envision Personal Safety Centre, have a passion for martial arts and want to share their skills and experience with others.
They have many years of training in martial arts, including Shaolin Kempo Karate (which includes karate, kung fu and jiu-jitsu) and taekwondo.
Their background has allowed them to develop a personal safety system for everyone to learn and enjoy. That is the power of martial arts. Envision has two main programs. Bully Awareness, which is geared toward but not exclusive to school-age children, and Street Wise, which is aimed at young adults and professionals. Student progress is measured through a coloured belt program.
They offer children-only classes, adult-only classes and an all-age family class. At Envision, students learn about personal safety and gain an improved sense of well-being through martial arts. They also find out how to identify when the use of personal safety techniques are appropriate. Students will get the confidence to diffuse the confrontation using verbal de-escalation before it turns into a physical conflict.
“Our goal is to help students learn effective techniques and develop a lifelong interest in martial arts,” says Duffy.
And the benefits of martial arts go beyond what is taught in the classes. Martial arts can help students improve concentration, develop listening skills and increase their fitness, agility and flexibility. “Our members discover their potential through the study of martial arts,” says Duffy. “Anyone can do martial arts.”
For more information, visit envisionpersonalsafetycentre.ca.