Want to learn self-defense? Free class Wednesday night

By: Lisa McDivitt Email
By: Lisa McDivitt Email

Unfortunately, many of the stories we report every week deal with very scary and life–threatening situations.

From the abduction of Jaycee Dugard to the death of a Yale graduate student, these stories can also remind us the importance of self defense.

While it's important to find ways to protect yourself, like keeping a light on outside, carrying Mace with you, and even just being constantly aware of your surroundings. It's also important to feel physically prepared to defend yourself.

Ideally, nothing will ever happen to you, but it never hurts to be prepared. Wednesday night the owners of High Desert Martial Arts are offering a free class at 7 p.m.

Toni Miller and her husband Troy Miller are offering the class to help give you an idea of some of the moves that might help you out.

They were on 11 News Live Today this morning, and here is some of what we learned:

1. The first thing to do is be aware of your surroundings and exude confidence.

2. If you do find yourself in a situation where you feel uncomfortable (and women, trust those instincts!) immediately inform the person that they are getting too close. Toni told us to say, in a loud, firm and confident voice, “Stop. Get back. You’re too close.” This will cause your would-be attacker to think again about approaching you, and it will also draw the attention of people around you, which is a good thing.

3. If your verbal warning does not stop the person who’s coming at you, it’s time to get physical. The first step, Toni says, is to aim at the attacker’s nose with the palm of your hand – aim up so that the force waters his eyes – blurring his vision. Then, take your leg and aim through his legs to crush his groin. Once those two moves are done, run.

4. If the attacker is still not deterred, Toni says you need to get him down to give yourself the chance to run. Still go for the nose, the groin, then grab his head and knee him in the face, keeping a hold of his head, throw him to the ground and run.

To help you learn and practice the first steps to this process, the folks at High Desert Martial Arts are offering a free class Wednesday night for people of all ages. Here are the details:

What: Beginning self-defense class
Where: High Desert Martial Arts
560 Westgate Drive
When: 7:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

See below for links to High Desert Martial Arts and to Lisa’s blog, where she talks about what she learned from the Millers on the morning show.

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