Seniors learn self-defence with Cane-Ki-Do
All too often, many seniors that need the assistance of a walking device – such as a walking stick, or cane – often feel like they’re easy targets. Many say they have a fear of becoming a victim of theft, or some other act of senseless violence. Safety Specialist and Martial Artist, Bryant Harrell, has created a self-defense program, to help teach and empower senior citizens, showing them techniques and skills they can use - to no longer walk in fear. It’s called Cane-Ki-Do, which teaches seniors various
ways to use their cane, and do basic blocks, strikes, jabs, and hooks – that could protect them, in a physical assault. Bryant, a 10th degree Black Belt, teaches the program, along with his wife, Leotte Harrell – a 6th degree Black Belt. Together, they teach and inspire their senior citizen students, to dig deep, and tap into an inner strength that they forgot they had. That’s the “Ki” in Cane-Ki-Do – channeling that
energy, a learning to turn that fear into fuel. Many seniors - despite the fact that they may need it -
do not use their canes – because they’re afraid of looking vulnerable. However, once they’ve taken the Cane-Ki-Do class, they use their cane with pride, and confidence! Not only is it an assistive device – it is also an amazing self-defense tool! And, it is one of the only self-defense tools, that
can be taken everywhere – without question. The FDA, in their Federal Code of Regulations - have certified canes to be “medical devices”, and therefore, can be kept with you – at all times. Unlike a walking stick, which does not have the same medical exemption. This class is exciting, invigorating, and inspiring! The Harrells do an excellent job of taking time to address, and work with, each person in class. They modify and adjust certain techniques – to be able to reach and teach each
person, at their individual level of physical mobility. The inspiration for the Harrells to create this program, came from incidents involving two of their Martial Arts teachers, Professor Bill Brown Sr. and Grandmaster Joseph S. Harrell Sr. On two separate occasions, they both used their training and skills, to ward off attacks from potential thieves, using their canes. They both showed, that
just because you may be disabled, or a senior citizen – it doesn’t mean you have to be a victim.
If you, or someone you know, would like to train in this awesome cane self-defense class, please out and try a class – the Introductory class is free! Membership to the Sunshine Center is required for participation in the classes. For more information – please call: 727-893-7101
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