Personal safety classes

Amber Valley Borough Council, in partnership with Derbyshire Kickboxing, are providing an opportunity for women and girls to learn self defence techniques to help empower and provide skills to improve personal safety.

Derbyshire Kickboxing will be teaching practical self defence techniques each week within their existing established classes operating at the leisure centres in Alfreton, Belper, Heanor and Ripley.

The FREE course will run for four weeks (one session per week).

This is course invitation is only available to women and girls (aged 7+), however please note that some of the instructors and existing participants in the established sessions are male, so classes will be mixed.

To book on to this free course, all you need to do is complete our online booking form to receive your unique booking reference. On your first session, your instructor will ask you this reference number and to confirm your name and address.

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The course will run in conjunction with an established kickboxing class at either Alfreton, Belper, Heanor and Ripley Leisure Centres which have been running for between 3 and 13 years in each location. The classes are friendly with a focus on positive encouragement and practical application of martial arts and self defence. Open to all fitness and experience levels, even if you haven’t exercised in years, the class will lead you through practical application of techniques to real life scenarios and a cool down.

This is course invitation is only available to women and girls, however please note that some of the instructors are male so classes will be mixed.

You’ll be learning practical self defence techniques with a focus on kickboxing, one of the most accessible and easy to pick up martial arts around. You’ll learn how to use your body position to make the most of your strength as well as real life tips on how to stay safe. This will range from learning how to use the right parts of the body to target areas and having a strong, positive psychological frame of mind. 

Just wear what you’d normally wear to the gym and bring a drink.

You will be barefoot during the class.

Class equipment will be provided by Derbyshire Kickboxing for use during the classes in the form of boxing gloves, focus mitts, kick shields and target pads. All equipment is kept in a good state of repair to ensure the safety of students when used as directed. 

Not at all. The classes are open to all ages from 7 years up and any fitness level. Derbyshire Kickboxing firmly believe in positivity when learning new things and most certainly are not shouty drill sergeants. 

The sessions will be as follows:

  • Alfreton Leisure Centre: Sunday 28 November - 19 December 2021 - 4pm until 5pm
  • Belper Leisure Centre: Monday 22 November - 13 December 2021 - 8pm until 9pm
  • Heanor Leisure Centre: Tuesday 23 November - 14 December 2021 - 8pm until 9pm
  • Ripley Leisure Centre: Monday 22 November - 13 December 2021 - 8pm until 9pm

The course will run at the same time each week, for four consecutive weeks.

The locations are well lit and a public car park is available at each leisure centre.

Derbyshire Kickboxing provide the best quality kickboxing training for all ages and fitness levels in the Derbyshire area. They recognise everyone’s reasons for starting martial arts vary. You can find out more about Derbyshire Kickboxing by at derbyshirekickboxing.co.uk.

Derbyshire Kickboxing instructors all hold personal liability insurance of a £5 million for any injury sustained by a student attending their class as a result of their negligence in teaching martial arts during the duration of their class. Derbyshire Kickboxing instructors are not liable on any way for loss / damage to property or injury to persons through the actions of students outside of the instruction given.

This course offer is only available to women and girls. The only criteria is that attendees must live in Amber Valley and must be over the age of 7.

Of course, the more the merrier and it can help provide moral support. During the booking form you can also add a friend or relative onto the course so you can both attend the same sessions. Please note, your friend or relative will need to meet the same criteria*.

*This course offer is only available to women and girls. The only criteria is that attendees must live in Amber Valley and must be over the age of 7.

This is course is free, however by booking a slot you are committing to attend the full four week course. If you cannot make all four sessions, we ask that you do not book and instead register your interest for future sessions.

Simply complete the online booking form, your details will then be passed onto Derbyshire Kickboxing who will contact you directly before the course takes place.

By booking a slot you are committing to attend the full four week course. If you cannot make all four sessions, we ask that you do not book and instead register your interest for future sessions.

If you want to carry on training with Derbyshire Kickboxing once the 4 week sessions are complete, the instructors will chat over the options to join the clubs. There are no contracts or tie in periods at all.

Unfortunately spaces for the sessions at each location are limited to a set number due to participant safety and venue capacity. However, a free place may still be available for a course in the new year. If you are interested in attending a course in the future, please register your interest and we will contact you about additional dates.

Please be aware there will be an element of physical contact during the sessions. All equipment is cleaned and sanitised between sessions.

Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 841652 or email communitysafety@ambervalley.gov.uk

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