Galston High School Seminar – Fostering Confidence and Safety

Fostering Confidence and Safety

Over the last month, Year 9 and 10 Galston High School studying the Physical Activity
and Sports Studies elective took part in an exciting self-defence program led by Sven
Midri, an expert Krav Maga instructor from Krav Maga Self Defence, Castle Hill, and a
former student of the school. The lessons fostered physical fitness, self-confidence,
and personal safety skills.

Krav Maga emphasises practical defence techniques and instinctive responses, with
the program consisting of four age-appropriate lessons, introducing the basics of self-
defence, including strikes, kicks, and releases from common grabs and chokes. There
was emphasis also on situational awareness and decision-making in potentially
dangerous scenarios.

In addition to physical techniques, the program explores self-defence’s psychological
and social dimensions. Students learn to understand and assert personal boundaries
and manage aggressive or threatening behaviour. These skills are invaluable not only in
hazardous situations but also in everyday social interactions.

Feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive. Comments have praised the
engaging teaching style of Sven and the practical knowledge gained. One student
noted, “I really enjoyed it; it was very helpful. I would never put myself in a situation
where I need to use it, but knowing what to do is good.”

With a focus on physical fitness, mental fortitude, and empowerment, especially for
women, this program is an exciting addition to Galston High School’s curriculum,
equipping students with the skills they need for personal safety and self-assurance.

Source: Galston Grapevine, Term 3, Week 7 2023