BREWER – The Holden Police Department is teaching young women how to protect themselves. They put on a free self-defense class at Brewer High School this weekend.
This may look like the academy where Buffy became a slayer but its actually a free self-defense workshop for female Brewer High School students wanting to protect themselves.
“I need these skills as much as anyone else does. You can never learn too much of this stuff.” said instructor Breanne Pelletier.
These tough girls are learning ways to avoid and end conflict as they head off to college. The class was held in the gymnasium at the Brewer community school.
“We’ve learned how to get out of a bear hug from behind and how to get out of a choke hold which is useful and how to get out if someone is on top of you or if someone is coming towards you. added student Jenny Alliman.
Chief Greeley and Officer Benjamin from the Holden Police Department taught the class both have black belts in their style of fighting.
“We don’t necessarily expect them to remember every single thing but we do want them to realize that they should feel empowered can defend themselves and they have the right to feel respected.” stated Chief Greeley.
Assisting the officers was MMA Fighter Racheal Joyce who joins the girls on the mat, demonstrating the importance of defending yourself.
“You have to help yourself. That’s very important, so I would encourage anyone to even learn the basics because it could save your life. said Joyce.
According to some of the girls in the classroom, they are taking some valuable skills out of these classes.
Jenna Geiser, one student told us, “In college you really need to protect yourself in case people come up to you. I really wish more people came out today and learned this stuff.”
Reporters like myself also benefit from self defense. I was able to participate in some of the techniques.
“I’m watching a show where a lot of bad things are happening and I thought, it probably would be a good thing to learn how to protect myself so that I am not in those situations.” added another student Kathryn Black.
Student Elizabeth Grover continued, “And we shouldn’t have to learn them but we do, in the place we live in and society. Being precautions and learning the things that we should know is very helpful and I think it will carry throughout our lives.”