Daisy Girl Scouts Get A “Kick” Out Of Learning Self-Defense

Pictured here with Councilwoman Angel Albanese are (bottom row from left to right): Catie, Kaitlyn, Riley, Reese, and Sophia (Middle row): Gabriella, Isabella and Marisa (Top row): Alyssa, Hope, Jessica, Keira, Shannon, Kady & Miriam (Photo courtesy of Daisy Girl Scout Troop 425)

CLARK — Sensei Angel Albanese from the Clark Cuong Nhu Shojin Dojo was excited to have the opportunity to work with Daisy Girl Scout Troop 425 at the Clark Public Library. The program focused on two forms of self defense, self defense from bullying at school for example and self defense against strangers.

Self defense for 5 and 6 year olds is a bit different than it is for older children and adults yet the basic principles emphasized are the same. She emphasized the importance of being Aware, Alert, Anticipation, Avoidance, and Action are a big part of the Cuong Nhu philosophy of self defense. During the seminar Albanese not only talked about avoiding situations where strangers can attack, but also how to protect yourself if you can’t get away.

The most important weapon the girls should always use is their “voice.” The girls practiced dropping to the ground kicking and using phrases like “Stranger Danger.” Albanese said “ I think they liked kicking and punching the bag most… well karate is FUN”.

Students from Cuong Nhu School Gabriella Scipioni and Marisa Venturella also came to help demonstrate the different techniques the girls could use. The seminar was not only informative, but fun too. Each Daisy Girl Scout earned a “Self-Defense Patch” thanks to Sensei Albanese.

Albanese holds the rank of Shodan and teaches at the Clark Shojin Dojo Cuong Nhu karate school. She also serves as Councilwoman at Large in Clark. Albanese volunteers her time at Brewer School teaching Karate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights from 7-9 p.m. all year long. Classes are free for children, teens and adults.

Cuong Nhu gives families an opportunity to work out together since anyone age seven and over can participate. The Cuong Nhu Shojin Dojo has been in Clark for 26 years and has touched the lives of many. The school is under the direction of Sensei Rosario Fico. Other instructors include former Director Keith Ford and Don Massarelli.

For more information about the school contact the recreation center or email Shojindojoclarknj@gmail.com. Cuong Nhu is an international organization with schools throughout the world that focus on mixed martial arts. For more information about Cuong Nhu check out CuongNhu.com.




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