Manhattan PD will offer a free self-defense class for women
MANHATTAN, IL – Manhattan women ages 13 and older are invited to attend a free introductory self-defense class on July 9 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Anna McDonald School, 200 Second St. in Manhattan. Girls aged 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult.
The class will be led by kickboxing and fitness instructor Nick Komarchu, according to a press release from the Village of Manhattan. Several Manhattan police officers will also be present.
“It’s unfortunate that we live in a time when vulnerable girls and women can become the targets of physical or sexual assault,” Manhattan Police Chief Jeff Wold said. “Self-defense training not only helps you protect yourself, but it can be beneficial to learn how to defend yourself, so I encourage all women to seek out some type of self-defense or martial arts training. .”
The course will include instruction on verbal commands, basic blocks, strikes, evasions and ground fighting techniques. Those interested in taking additional courses after the free introductory course will be referred to instructors in the area.
“As a husband and father of a young girl, I worry about the safety of the women in my life and want them to be safe and ready to defend themselves if the situation arises,” the mayor said. of Manhattan, Mike Adriansen. “All women can gain confidence through self-defense training, from teenage girls to grandmothers. This training could help in everyday life, and it can do more for you than just protect you.”
For more information and to register for the course, contact the Manhattan Police Department at (815) 478-4408.