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Martial arts gym giving youngsters a chance with free classes

Two Peterborough twins are helping boost people's health and well-being by offering free martial arts classes for teenagers.
Stronghold
Stronghold jiu-jitsu

Stronghold Jiu-Jitsu is the creation of brothers Adil and Anees Amil Hussain, who launched it both as a business but also a way of strengthening people's mental and physical health across the city.

Currently five youngsters aged between 14 and 17 are enjoying free sessions in the gym in Norfolk Street.    

Anees said: "We launched when the restrictions allowed us earlier this year, and now have about 30 members - we have grown quickly.

"Martial arts can be quite expensive, as much as £80 a month. I started when I was 17 and I could afford it, but I knew many people who couldn't. 

"Me and my brother didn't want that for young people here."

The Stronghold team hope their classes can also act as a deterrent from knife crime and anti-social behaviour, by giving young people something to strive for.

Jiu-jitsu is one of the foremost martial arts, and has been tested in countless no-rules fights, challenge matches, mixed martial arts and sports competitions. 

Anees said: "The classes are as much about self-defence as combat, and also provide an outlet for both young people and adults to help their mental and physical health and provide positive outcomes. Everyone is the same here."

As well as the free sessions for 14-17-year-olds, discounts are also available for students and NHS workers

For more information visit the website or find them on Instagram