Residents Learn Life-Saving Skills during Self-Defense Class

August 9, 2014

You don't think about it all of the time, but if there was a situation where you needed to protect yourself, would you be ready?

Several Charlottesville residents can now answer yes to that question after participating in a day-long self-defense training class put on by the Charlottesville Sheriff's Office.

“Nowadays we are hearing about people that get attacked and victimized by being unaware of what's coming behind them, getting their items stolen and just not paying attention to what's happening,” says Nicole Petty, deputy sheriff.

“I am out running by myself, usually at 4:30 or 5 o'clock in the morning, because it's the only time I have, and I just wanted to be more aware of my surroundings and know what to do to protect myself,” says Jeannine Goodman.

For those who participated, they learned everyday life saving techniques.

“If you are going to your vehicle and don't have your keys prepared to get in your car, then you will be sitting there fumbling around with your keys,” says James Brown, sheriff. “That can give someone an opportunity to get to you if they are waiting behind your car or somewhere else to try to attack you.”

They also learned several escape techniques that could help them flea from an attack, like yelling “No” as well as learning several blocks and strikes that could injure an attacker.

“We are learning how to use our elbows to hit somebody or knee them,” says Goodman.

Overall, there was a feeling of empowerment in knowing that they can protect themselves.

This was the first city wide self-defense class offered by the sheriff’s office. There are women only and senior self-defense classes that are also being offered, all to help people protect themselves in the community.

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