Self-defence with a walking stick

Pensioners have been taught to use their walking sticks in self-defence by a martial arts expert. Karate black belt Kevin Garwood, 58, is teaching the moves to the over-60s in his home town of Gorleston, Norfolk.Mr Garwood’s pupils learn simple strangleholds, arm locks and throws with their sticks.“What I am not trying to do is make grey-haired ninjas – what it does is give them tremendous confidence,” Mr Garwood said.

An eldery pupil has already put Mr Garwood’s training into practice – she fought off two boys who grabbed her arm and her handbag.

However she reported her self-defence to the police because she was worried she may have injured the boys.