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Waterford martial arts club is offering free self-defence classes

Waterford martial arts club is offering free self-defence classes

A Waterford martial arts trainer is offering free self-defence classes tomorrow.

The lessons come after the murder of Ashling Murphy in Co Offaly, who has killed when she out for a run.

Head Coach of Waterford Muay Thai John Walsh, says violence against women is a male problem.

Speaking to Beat News, he says women should not have to take classes to feel safe, but it's available if anyone wants to:

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"When I heard what happened, we had a committee meeting and I asked if anyone would be willing to give their time for free. And everyone came back and said yes, so we said we'd put on a class and do it free of charge for ladies and offer them a little bit of help."

Walsh says he knows it's not a solution to the problem, but itΒ  may help women to feel a bit safer.

He says men need to realise that women of all ages face fear every day when out for a run or walk;

"This is definitely a male problem and an awful lot of men have no idea how it feels not to be safe on a day to day basis and that day to day basis is when ladies feel this."

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