Canstar Community News - ONLINE EDITION

FGWRC offers Wen-Do for women

  • Print

Wen-Do is a self-defence technique taught for women by women at the Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre.
The centre is hosting its last classes of the season June 15-16.
"It really is designed for any women of any age and any physical level," said Jennifer Thorsteinsson, an instructor at Wen-Do Winnipeg and one of the instructors at the FGWRC classes.
"Things that make us different from other martial arts is that we aren’t strictly a martial art. We are self-defense."
Wen-Do was developed after the 1964 murder of Kitty Genovese in New York City. The case was famous for the lack of action bystanders took during the assault.
Wen-Do classes with Thorsteinsson at the FGWRC are split between theory and practical so women can understand why attacks happen.
"It’s impossible to avoid situations or get out of situations if you don’t know what they are or why they are occurring," Thorsteinsson said. "So that awareness is huge."
The practical side of Wen-Do involves four elements, the first of which is surprise.
"We have surprise on our side because often just doing something, anything, is enough to make something stop," Thorsteinsson said. "Doing something outside of what your attacker is expecting you to do gives you back some control in that situation."
The other elements include using circular motions to get out of grips, self-trust, and self-worth.
"Self-worth — it’s how you feel about yourself and knowing that you’re worth it," Thorsteinsson said. "Knowing that you’re a valuable person and knowing that no one has the right to take that away from you."
FGWRC has been offering the Wen-Do classes monthly for the past five years.
Colleen Stratman, public education co-ordinator of the centre said the classes for women and girls are always popular.
"We believe it’s for the extra feeling of safety and for comfort," Stratman said.
The June 15-16 workshops at the U of W’s Duckworth Centre, 400 Spence St., will be the last one before summer, Stratman said. Pre-registration is required; call the FGWRC at 204-477-1123.
More information on Thorsteinsseon’s classes can be found at www.wen-dowinnipeg.org


Facebook.com/TheSouwesterWPG
Twitter: @SouwesterWPG

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Readers' Choice Awards

Best Of Winnipeg Readers Survey

See the results of the 2014 Canstar Community News Best of Winnipeg Readers' Survey.

View Results

This Just In Twitter bird

Poll

What do you think of the new Blue Bombers uniforms?

View Results

View Related Story