Grapevine Essex

Posted on Friday, June 3rd, 2016 by in Latest News, News

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Share on FacebookEmail this to someone

Following a cheeky tweet from Richard, the Combat Academy instructor for Essex, @CombatEssex to @GrapevineEssex a few months ago, he carried out a taster session at Boswells School, Chelmsford, over the school Easter holidays for 15 of Grapevine Essex’s members.

GrapevineGrapevine Essex is a charity which provides fully supported recreational and educational activities for adults with learning difficulties in Essex.    

On the morning Richard discussed personal safety, anti bullying, reasonable force (don’t become the bad person) and other aspects of self defence. Once the risk assessment and warm up was completed he had a couple of hours of fun learning some role play and very effective practical techniques that really work. He discussed the importance of using our voice, what to shout and when, creating a safe distance, protecting our heads etc.

What was very special about the session was how all participating members / carers and staff were positive and encouraging in all aspects of what was covered. He had so much fun seeing everyones faces beaming and their appreciation at the end made him feel proud of what he teaches, which is truly life changing.

Towards the end Richard was even taught a few dance moves by one member, although he feared he picked up the self defence moves better than he did with busting out some dance shapes.

Excellent session and I would thoroughly recommend Richard to any other group looking for self-defence instruction. Mary Schultz, Grapevine Essex.


What Combat Academy instructors teach is simply brilliant. It helps to build self esteem, confidence and fitness, it’s accessible to everyone who comes into contact with the Combat Academy system. Thank you Reece  Awesome!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>