Sheffield Jiu Jitsu centre offers emergency service workers free sessions

A Sheffield Jiu Jitsu centre has offered paramedics, firefighters and the police free sessions to protect them at work.

Rebellion BJJ, based in Waleswood, has given them a months worth of free sessions because they want the emergency services to learn self-defence.

The Government has said over 26,000 police officers were attacked in the past year and 17,000 NHS workers attacked on duty. The fire service has also seen an increase in abuse with an 18% rise this year alone.

Lesley Hunt, one of the owners at Rebellion BJJ, has said: “In light of everything that is going on in the news, with assaults that seems to be happening on a daily basis, it would be great for them to have the opportunity to try a martial art.

“It could save their lives one day.

“They do a lot for us, they protect us on a daily basis, they risk their lives to keep us safe.”

The Trade Union Congress has released a poll which found a third of all employees in the UK have been verbally abused, at work, at some point in their lives.

TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady said: “The NHS will be dreading the weeks ahead. Getting abused at work shouldn’t be a part of anyone’s Christmas.

“It’s not acceptable to shout at, threaten or harass workers, no matter how stressed you are about your shopping or how much you’ve had to drink.”

Rebellion BJJ have seen more emergency workers becoming confident as a result of learning Jiu Jitsu.