FRESNO, California.- The Fresno School of Self Defense offers seminars twice a month on Sundays in order to help women defend themselves.
The classes range from $10-$20 and are from 9 a.m.-noon. Carolina Alvarez attended with her daughter because she felt it was important.
“There is a lot going on these days,” said Alvarez. “You know, trafficking, gangs. She is going into high school and I just want to make sure that she is going to protect herself in some ways.”
Instructor Christopher Hein, who has been offering the class for years, said the seminar is all about how conflict unfolds and how to avoid it. Hein said it starts by being aware, keeping distance from strangers and noticing aggressive signs.
“That guy is looking at me funny or why is this guy in my neighborhood,” said Hein. “We give you a set of skills that you can start using to keep yourself safe early on so you never have to box or wrestle with someone. That is ideally what you want to do.’
Neal said even though the most important thing is avoiding conflict but if the person does attack there are a couple of moves you can learn.
These moves include staying more than an arms length distance away, using a stern voice to show authority, hitting the person straight on while protecting you head, and using your whole body to knee the person multiple times in the stomach.
After learning these skills, Alvarez felt more comfortable with her daughter heading into high school
“I feel like this is a start to show her what could possibly happen,” said Alvarez.