You’re invited to Larose Karate‘s next LGBTQ2+ Friendly Self-Defence Program. The program is a series of four 1-hour sessions, each focusing on different aspects of self-defence.
- Dates: Wednesdays July 3, 10, 17, 24
- Times: 5 pm to 6 pm
- Location: 700 Glen Forrest Blvd, Waterloo, ON
- Price: $50
Why focus on LGBTQ2+?
This seminar is meant to fill a need in our community. There have been recent reports that members of the LGBTQ2+ community don’t feel safe being visibly out in KW. Most of us would like to be comfortable doing simple things like holding hands, or showing other physical or verbal signs of affection to a partner, regardless of gender. We want to be comfortable wearing clothes that match our gender expression or gender identity. However, there’s still a sense of apprehension to do these things in public that most other people take for granted.
More information about why we feel it’s important for Larose Karate to be more visible and accessible to the LGBTQ2+ community is available on our Safe Space page.
What’s in the seminar?
Through this 4-week self-defence seminar, we want to give you some of the tools and skills you need to feel confident being yourself in a world that can still feel hostile. The format will be a mix of discussion, exercises, and self-defence drills.
Sensei Joël Larose and his life partner (and karate student), Anthony, will demonstrate some self-defence techniques and help you practice them with other participants. They will offer you tips and advice to avoid danger and reduce harm to you.
To get the most out of it, we encourage you to attend all four sessions. However, we recognize that circumstances may prevent you from committing to all of them, so you’re welcome to pick and choose which session you’ll attend.
I’m Straight. Can I still come?
Yes, this is intended to be an inclusive event. The only things we don’t tolerate are intolerance and lack of respect.
I’m over 70 years old. Am I too old for this?
No. Martial Arts and Self-Defense is of benefit to everyone, regardless of age or physical ability.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Yes. This series is intended for teens and adults, 13+. We want participants to feel comfortable discussing issues and using language that may not be suitable for a younger crowd.
What should I wear to the seminar?
Wear something in which you’ll feel comfortable doing physical activity. Avoid accessories that could snag or hurt you or a training partner while practicing techniques.
We will be training barefoot. If you have a medical condition that requires you to wear shoes, please ensure you are wearing clean indoor shoes.