Last updated on Jan 26th, 2021 at 03:59 pm

Boity Thulo is doing her bit to help empower women

The TV personality has joined forces with martial arts expert Sensei Giorgie Bhunu to create pop-up self-defence classes for women.

“Self-defence for women is not about going blow for blow with a male aggressor. It’s about empowering yourself as a woman with skills that could buy you those extra few seconds that could save your life,” Boity wrote on Instagram.

The 28-year-old says she will be hosting her first Shemurai Pop up Dojo at the Sandton City rooftop in September.

“Sensei Georgie teaches us the very same defence techniques that he teaches elite female law enforcement officers. Techniques which are applied in real life situations encountered in the line of duty,” she added.

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Self-defence for women is not about going blow for blow with a male aggressor. It’s about empowering yourself as a woman with skills that could buy you those extra few seconds that could save your life. Ladies, I am proud to announce that I will be hosting the first ever Shemurai Pop up Dojo with Sensei Giorgie Bhunu on the Sandton City rooftop this September. Join us as Sensei Georgie teaches us the very same defense techniques he teaches elite female law enforcement officers. Techniques which are applied in real life situations encountered in the line of duty. There will also be plenty of pampering on offer for you ladies. Limited tickets available at www.shemurai.com. Follow @shemurairising for more updates on the event. #ShemuraiRising #FemaleSelfDefence #OwnYourThrone??

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Boity also shared pictures of herself performing some of the moves women who take her class can expect to learn

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Her “She Warrior” classes couldn’t have come at a better time

Women all over the country have been sharing their personal sexual assault stories during Women’s Month.

Thousands of women took part in a ‘Total Shut Down’ march at the start of the month, demanding government put at end to gender-based violence.

Author Khaya Dlanga this week called on men to stop making women feel unsafe

He shared a disturbing story about how one of his female friends was left terrified after “four massive guys” kept pounding on her hotel room door.

“I was out partying in the early hours of the morning when I felt my phone vibrating. I reached into my pocket. Cara’s name was flashing across the screen. I answered, she was in a state. She told me she tried to call several people but no one answered. ‘What’s wrong?’ I asked. ‘There are guys outside my door and they keep knocking. They’ve been knocking and telling me to open the door for 30 minutes. I am so scared’. The fear and panic in her voice were unmistakable,” he wrote on Instagram.

Ran into Cara yesterday and I remembered experiencing men are trash with her. We worked for the same ad agency and we were in Cape Town for Design Indaba. I was out partying in the early hours of the morning when I felt my phone vibrating. I reached into my pocket. Cara’s name was flashing across the screen. I answered, she was in a state. She told me she tried to call several people but no one answered. ”What’s wrong?” I asked. ”There are guys outside my door and they keep knocking. They’ve been knocking and telling me to open the door for 30 minutes. I am so scared.” The fear and panic in her voice were unmistakable. I asked her to text her room number. I hailed a cab. This was B.U. (Before Uber). I got to the hotel and got to reception to see if I could get someone to walk up with me. There was no one there. I walked up the stairs, and I heard knocking. I saw four massive guys. They were part of a visiting Argentine varsity rugby team. ”What’s going on here?” I said. They turned when they heard my voice as I walked up the stairs, I tried to sound as I unintimidated as possible. Those guys could have wholly kicked my butt and beat me senseless. I saw a sudden panic in them. ”We are looking for our friend.” They said. ”Well, your friend is not in this room. Why do you keep knocking for thirty minutes? Try the next room.” I said as I pointed to the only other room. When Cara heard my voice, she opened the door. I could see the complete horror and fear on her face. ”Go on, knock next door maybe your friend is there,” I said as I became increasingly confident because they suddenly didn’t know what to do. They just stood there sheepishly. ”I suggest you leave if you won’t knock there.” I went into Cara’s room, and she locked it. She was so scared I ended up sleeping on the couch because she felt unsafe. I woke up the next morning to go to my room and showered. We as men have to stop making women unsafe. Intoxication is not an excuse because they stopped as soon as I arrived. We have to stop being trash. We are entitled to nothing. Women should need no protection, their world should be safe from us.

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