The Norwich Phoenix Hub Self Defense Courses in NR3


Published:
08:00 20 May 2022



It’s not often that two co-workers meet in the dojo rather than near the water cooler.

But that’s exactly what happened when the Evening newspaper’ Francis Redwood and Ella Wilkinson got together to try out a popular self-defense class for themselves.

Here, Francis tells us about the top tips from martial arts experts and why the course is so essential.

I’ve watched countless martial arts movies, but I never thought I’d be the bad guy being the one receiving various punches and kicks.

But that’s exactly what happened Wednesday night when Ella and I went to try our hand at Choi Kwang Do.

The firm is located at the Phoenix Center at Mile Cross Road and run by the mother/son combo of Rebecca Green and Michael Lovett.


Rebecca, Michael, Nathan and Caroline, instructors of the Choi Kwang Do self-defense course at the Phoenix Center in Norwich. Photos: Brittany Woodman
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Rebecca, 45, who lives in Gypsy Lane, said: “Everyone should have the opportunity to learn how to take care of themselves.

“Nowadays, if you can give people a bit of knowledge on how to defend themselves and prevent them from getting really hurt, I think that’s great.


Self-defense class, Choi Kwang Do.  Phonenix Center in Norwich.  Photos: Brittany Woodman

Self-defense class, Choi Kwang Do. Phonenix Center in Norwich. Photos: Brittany Woodman
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“As we teach traditional martial arts, we also incorporate how to protect yourself from bat and knife attacks – something that is unfortunately becoming more and more common.

“The first thing we teach everyone by doing this is that if you can run, you run – you never fight unnecessarily.


Kristopher and Nathan at the Choi Kwang Do Vigilante Course, located at the Phoenix Centre, Norwich.

Kristopher and Nathan at the Choi Kwang Do Vigilante Course, located at the Phoenix Centre, Norwich. Photos: Brittany Woodman
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“But if someone finds themselves in such a situation where running is not possible, we hope that what we teach will give someone that knowledge so that they can get out of it.”

My colleague Ella – who seemed to be having way too much fun knocking me down – said: “I often feel vulnerable when I’m alone in town – especially at night.

“So it’s a relief to have learned these techniques to defend myself if something happens.

“It’s also a good way to let off steam and have fun.”


Michael Lovett, instructor at Choi Kwang Do, self-defense course.  At the Phoenix Center in Norwich.

Michael Lovett, instructor at Choi Kwang Do, self-defense course. At the Phoenix Center in Norwich. Photos: Brittany Woodman
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Michael Lovett, 27, added: “We have always learned how to defend ourselves against knife crimes.

“These techniques are now more important than ever and we hope our classes will give people a better chance to defend themselves.”


Self-defense class, Choi Kwang Do.  Phonenix Center in Norwich.  Photos: Brittany Woodman

Self-defense class, Choi Kwang Do. Phonenix Center in Norwich. Photos: Brittany Woodman
– Credit: Brittany Woodman/ Archant

Where do martial arts come from?

There are around 170 different martial arts – from a number of disciplines – originating from all over the world.

Choi Kwang Do, taught by Rebecca and Michael, is a variant of taekwondo originating from South Korea.

Jiu jitsu originated in Japan around the 17th century and later spawned a number of arts like Brazilian jiu jitsu and judo.


Chloe, Kristopher, Caroline, Rebecca and Mike who are part of the Choi Kwang Do self-defense course.

Chloe, Kristopher, Caroline, Rebecca and Mike who are part of the Choi Kwang Do self-defense course at the Phoenix Center in Norwich. Photos: Brittany Woodman
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A more common martial art these days is Karate which evolved in East Asia over the centuries and has four main types: Shotokan, Kyokushin, Goju-Ryu and Wado-Ryu.

Another discipline is the Chinese art of Wing Chun – which famous martial artist and actor Bruce Lee began learning when he was 13 years old.

This was however also adapted by Bruce Lee himself – later developing his own art of the Jeet Kune Do made famous in his films.

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