Children in Cardiff are being taught to defend themselves from knife attacks as parents describe a "crisis" in their communities.


James Bourne - who has been stabbed seven times in his career as a doorman - runs classes teaching people how to respond if they are confronted with knives.

He said the first thing he teaches young people is fighting is wrong - but it is important they know how to defend themselves.


In an extreme world we live in for me and for many others this is the sanest thing we can do because of the extremity of some of the things that you see. You see it on social media, you see it on the news every single day. And unfortunately they're reporting back to us that people pick up their mobile phones the next thing they do is pick up a knife. It's just normal almost.

James Bourne, Kalah Wales

James teaches kalah, a self-defence technique, for free in communities across Cardiff.

His classes also include first aid and support for people who have been victims of knife crime.

He is passionate about educating young people about the risks involved with carrying a knife.

One of the first thing we teach is to respect each other and obviously that fighting is bad. Unfortunately with this people might say you're teaching them to fight, no we are teaching them to survive.

James Bourne, Kalah Wales

Mother-of-two Lisa Hole said knife crime in her community is at crisis point and she wants her children to be able to protect themselves.

Every other day you're listening on social media or wherever. People are having their lives taken. It's a crisis.

Lisa Hole

Knife crime is at a record high in Wales, according to the latest figures.

In the 12 months to the end of June 2019, knife crime offences in England and Wales rose by 7%.

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Dyfed-Powys Police saw recorded offences involving a knife or sharp instrument increase by 45% - the biggest increase in Wales.

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