Self-defense class offered Saturday

Published 7:50pm Thursday, November 15, 2012

Although the holiday season is associated a joyful attitude and the spirit of giving, it is not the time to let down your guard and forget to protect yourself.

Karate World, located in the Selma Mall, is reminding everyone to take necessary precautions as they host their Women’s Rape and Domestic Prevention Seminar Saturday.

The seminar, which will begin at 6 p.m. and is free to the public, will cover basic self-defense tips and provide demonstrations for all who attend.

Lee Green, master instructor for Karate World, said he tries to host a seminar pertaining to rape and domestic prevention each year to remind women that the holiday season is “prime time” for assaults.

“We want to make people aware of their safety,” Green said. “Especially during the holiday season, it’s important that people be aware of their surroundings.”

Green said “the basics” would be covered, such as how to prevent potentially dangerous situations and what to do if you find yourself in a dangerous situation. Also, information will be provided on where to go for those trapped in domestic violence.

“This is our third time hosting this seminar,” Green said. “Hopefully, if we have enough participation, we want to try and do one each month for the public to be aware on how to defend themselves and not become a victim.”

First, Green said he will go over basic self-defense tips for the seminar, and then people can actually participate and learn the self-defense moves. It’s not mandatory to participate in the second half of the seminar.

“But if you want to you can get on the floor and get involved in the activities,” Green said.

Females age 14 and older are the target group for the seminar, but males are welcome to attend too.

“Both male and females can attend, but we strongly urge that the females attend because they’re usually the victims during the holiday season,” Green said.

For more information on the seminar and to pre-register call 872-1423.

“I think it’s very important for people not to be afraid and enjoy the Christmas season,” Green said.

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