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Sun, Mar 31


Calvin Presbyterian Church

Irish Defensive Arts Class

Try out some Bataireacht (Irish stick fighting) and other Irish defensive arts!

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Irish Defensive Arts Class
Irish Defensive Arts Class

Time & Location

Mar 31, 2024, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Calvin Presbyterian Church, 248 Westmount Rd E, Kitchener, ON N2M 4Z1


About the event

An introduction to traditional Irish Pugilism and Walking-stick (shillelagh) self-defence taught by Steve Higgins, Cold Mountain Internal Arts.

Participants can bring their own stick (shillelagh, broom handle, umbrella) and hand protection (work gloves or lifting gloves).  Steve will have sticks available to borrow.

This method is non-competitive and involves absolutely no free sparring.

Emphasis is on self-defence skills, healthy exercise, and having some good clean fun!

$20/person, all ages and experience welcome!


Steve Higgins established his Tai Chi club in Kitchener in 1990. Based on his martial arts career, his approach to these traditions always included a concern for personal self-defence.

In 2011, several of his students requested that he teach them how to defend themselves with their walking sticks.  Steve therefore arranged for Master Glen Doyle to visit Kitchener in 2012 and teach elements of the Doyle family's Bataireacht system. Steve has now combined this with the Irish boxing method passed down to him by his father.  The result is an effective method of self defense which is also a harmonious means of exercise.


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