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TEACHING SELF DEFENSE

By adriana_acosta
June 14, 2012 at 1:14 a.m.

The techniques taught included principles and strategies for effectively reducing the likelihood of assault through both confrontation avoidance and counter attack.

For Jean Moye, taking a defensive class was more than just educational.

"I want to be more self aware about my surroundings, so this class has taught me methods of protection," she said.

Being able to protect herself in any situation is important, she added.

On Monday, several women from Matagorda County attended the Sexual Harassment and Rape prevention class hosted by the Bay City Police Department and the Bay City Chamber of Commerce.

The six hour course was specifically designed to meet the needs of women when control methods and assault prevention is required. The techniques taught included principles and strategies for effectively reducing the likelihood of assault through both confrontation avoidance and counter attack.

"It is important to be familiar and practicing and training are important if we ever have to defend ourselves," said Sgt. Suzanne Sullivan, Bay City Police Department.

Defensive training techniques taught included finger locks, blocking, and proper punching techniques. The techniques taught included utilizing hands, legs and feet followed by methods of escape and evasion to reduce the change of further attack.

The Bay City Police Department will hold another SHARP class on July 14 at the Bay City Civic Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Sgt. Suzanne Sullivan at 979-323-1704 or ssullivan@cityofbaycity.org. Space is limited, pre-registration is required.

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