Richmond Community College is offering a “Self Defense for Females” class this Saturday in Cole Auditorium.
The class is limited to 30, so early registration is a must. Sign up fees are $40 for the class, which lasts from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
“The mission of this course is simple — empowering women to fight back against crime and attackers,” said Robbie Taylor, director of the Workforce and Economic Development program at RCC.
Education and training will include: awareness; prevention; risk reduction; risk avoidance and self-realization of physical power.
Taylor said the new class is something the school hopes to offer several times throughout the year.
“The school was contacted by several women interested in a class like this,” said Taylor. “So, we responded by creating one. If there is enough interest in the program, we’d like to see it continue to be offered.”
Larry Hughes, who lives in Richmond County and teaches Ju-Jitsu for the Martial Arts Academy of Southern Pines as well as serving as a contracted martial arts instructor for the U.S. military, will be teaching the course.
“Larry is a professional fighter and instructor, who has achieved some of the highest levels within martial arts,” said Taylor.
This particular class will be geared for beginners.
“This class will be suitable for all age and fitness levels,” said Taylor.
“I think self defense classes are a great idea for women,” said Crystal McLendon, director of New Horizons in Rockingham. “It can provide women with prevention measures and information on what to do in case of attack.”
For more information or to register for the class, call 910-410-1700.
— Staff Writer Kelli Easterling can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org