Gary Brown of Reepham develops country’s first nationally recognised award for self defence

Gary Brown, who is based in Reepham, who has started offering an accredited Self Defence Beginner Le

Gary Brown, who is based in Reepham, who has started offering an accredited Self Defence Beginner Leader Award. Picture: Gary Brown - Credit: Archant

Young people across the country now have the chance to work towards a qualification in self defence thanks to the work of a man from Reepham.

Gary Brown, who is based in Reepham, who has started offering an accredited Self Defence Beginner Le

Gary Brown, who is based in Reepham, who has started offering an accredited Self Defence Beginner Leader Award. Picture: Gary Brown - Credit: Archant

Self defence trainer Gary Brown, 34, has worked with the group Sports Leaders UK to develop the UK's first nationally-recognised self defence award.

Mr Brown said he was delighted to be able to offer the qualification, which would give young people the chance to build leadership skills such as communication and organisation through the medium of self-defence.

He said: 'After three to four months of creating the award we are now ready to deliver it to schools, colleges, universities, businesses and the general public across the UK.

'After 28 years of training within the industry I am so pleased to be able to offer people the chance of learning self defence and come out of it with a nationally recognised award for their efforts.

'The future plan is to develop an intermediate and advanced awards - the intermediate is already underway.'

Mr Brown is initially offering the award through his self-defence school, Street Smart Self Defence, in Norwich.

To find out more, visit streetsmartselfdefence.co.uk

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