A motivating factor for young people joining gangs is ‘protection’ from other gangs. Similarly, one of the reasons that young people carry knives is ‘protection’, however, the danger in this logic is that the knife is often used on the person carrying the knife so it actually has the opposite effect. That’s why we’re hoping to give young people an alternative way to protect themselves without exposing themselves to risk. Our new programme, Round House will provide young people with the confidence to ‘protect’ themselves through martial arts and personal development – helping them to rely less on weapons and more on inner strength.
By Yaser Mir
Founder & Director