Self defence has recently become a priority for Eurongilly mother Elissa Drew.
The 36-year-old has six children, and with the eldest about to hit his teens, she admits she has begun to worry for their safety in the future.
“For my children, self defence is a skill for life to use as a back up,” Ms Drew said.
“I see it like swim lifesaving, it’s a skill I hope they won’t need but if they do, I want to know they have it.
“We’re just not suspicious of people living here in the country so it worries me about sending my kids off to the big city, they could so easily get into trouble.”
On Saturday July 28, Ms Drew, her 12-year-old son Samuel, and 10-year-old daughter Eloise attended Aus SelfDefence’s Rural Safety program at Eurongilly Hall.
Over the next 18 months founder John Leak will bring the workshop to every shire around the state
“Everyone has the same tools and assets, but we can’t all use them the same,” Mr Leak said.
“So we need to find the ways to effectively protect ourselves, and see that as our last defence.”