As I may have mentioned previously, my charity is The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety (check out my website http://www.ScotCPS.org.uk) and we teach personal safety, conflict resolution and self defence skills to a variety of businesses, groups, individuals and particularly victims of violence.

To help us we have BOB.

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BOB is an acronym which stands for Body Opponent Bag. He has the upper torso of a male and is designed so that you can practice a variety of strikes, kicks and holds on him without having to pair up and possibly injure a partner doing so.

Bob has stood us in good service for almost twenty years now – but with our new hall about to open, we went out and bought a new BOB – not as a replacement, but as an addition.

This chap, we are going to name BILL.

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BILL isn’t an acronym, it’s just a nickname to differentiate him from Bob.

Bill has a spring base which allows him to bend to and fro as he gets hit. Bendy Bill kinda suits him (and it reminds me of a TV programme from my childhood – Bill & Ben).

One of the reasons why we like Bob so much though is that he doesn’t bend. His base is quite rigid – and we utilise this for our classes for women by strategically placing two tennis balls just below his torso so participants can practice their knees to the groin.

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If you get one ball to fall off, I’ll give you 5 points but if you get both balls to fall off after a knee to Bob’s groin, I’ll award you 10 points – and a round of rapturous applause.

It’s a great ice breaker, as you can no doubt imagine. 😀

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