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Bender Defenders

BENDER DEFENDERS is a community empowerment, Muay Thai and self-defence training movement.

Come and train in a queer and trans space far away from “mainstream gym culture”. Professional Muay Thai fighter and trans athlete Luca makes sure that these classes are taught in a lighthearted and fun way.

Beginners and first timers welcome.

What to expect:

Participants are not asked to fight or hit each other: you will be provided with pads to hit and gloves to do all the hitting with! This is a playful environment where queer and trans people come to train, make friends, have fun and explore their own strength through Muay Thai and partner work. You do not have to be good at it or know how to do it from the beginning.

Everything you will learn in this classes can be used in self defence, however we do not run these classes with the aim of “having to defend ourself” in mind. As a community we are already very hypervigilant and we do not need reminders that we might be in danger. We have created this space for queer and trans people to play through the medium of sport.

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31-33 Dalston Ln,
E8 3DF

Accessibility information

The entrance to the venue has a ramp leading up to two double doors. There is a small (1 inch) lip between the ramp and the pavement. There is a wheelchair accessible toilet on the ground floor of the venue. The event is being held in the basement, which is accessible by a flight of stairs, or by a lift. Please message the event organisers to discuss any particular access needs in more detail.

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