Women training at The Dojo Karate Centre, Beeston, Nottingham. Credit: The Dojo ©

An award-winning karate club in Nottingham has seen an increase in membership as women across the city fear for their safety.

The rise in female members at The Dojo in Beeston follows after several people in Nottingham and around the UK were targeted by injection spiking in nightclubs and bars.

Video: Women practicing self-protection karate techniques at The Dojo Karate Centre in Beeston, Nottinghamshire.

Aidan Trimbles, an instructor from the club, said, “We’re really busy at the moment, I have a lot of women in my centre.

He added, “These recent incidents have been highlighted in the press, so maybe it has been an influence to women joining.”

Aidan Trimbles said why there has been an increase in female memberships at his club.

Sarah Cooper, Member at The Dojo, Nottingham

Sarah decided to take up the sport after she was bullied as a child.

When she became a member of the club, she was interested in competing and decided to try out for the England Squad. She then progressed to competing nationally.

Sarah Cooper said, “I think it gives me a sense of security when I’m walking home in the dark.

“I still put my keys between my fingers, although I feel like I could do a bit more damage to somebody. It gives my parents a bit of reassurance as well.”

She added, “Being a girl in this world is a bit vulnerable.”

Jill Graham, Member at The Dojo, Nottingham

Jill Graham, a member at The Dojo, said she started martial arts when she was younger. Her chosen form of martial arts is karate though she has tried other styles.

Jill Graham said, “It’s important for your well-being, fitness, self-empowerment, and self-esteem.

“It’s really important that we empower women to get involved in line with your wider surroundings and environment. We need to educate young boys and men.”

She added, “Men need to understand that even though they may have no intentions, they need to understand how a woman thinks as they think differently.”

Aidan Trimbles, Instructor at The Dojo, Nottingham

Aidan Trimbles said, “Women want to learn self-defence.”

He added, “When they come into the club and see other women training they feel more comfortable and their confidence grows through that.”

What is Martial Arts?

Martial Arts is different styles of combat practiced for different reasons.

It can be used for physical and mental well-being, military and law enforcement applications, self-defence, competitions, and entertainment purposes.

What are the well-known styles of Martial Arts?

  • Judo is a Japanese style martial art that involves unarmed combat.
  • Karate is a striking art found in the Ryukyu Kingdom. This style involves kicking, punching, and knee and elbow strikes.
  • Kendo is a Japanese Martial Art that uses bamboo swords and protective clothing.

Nottinghamshire police said that records of drink and needle spiking were mainly reported by young women and students.

Anyone interested in learning self-defence at The Dojo can contact the club on their Facebook page @the.dojo.nottingham.

More information and class timetables can be found on their website @Thedojonottingham.