HCPD's Women's Self-Defense Class is full for November, more classes soon

The Henry County Police Department’s November Women’s Self-Defense Class is full but more classes will be announced in February 2020.

McDONOUGH — The Henry County Police Department says its Women’s Self-Defense Class is full for November. HCPD says it will announce classes for 2020 on its website in February.

The class is free but students must apply and be selected.

To take part, you must be 17 or older, live or work in Henry County, have no prior felony or moral turpitude arrests, and no misdemeanor arrests within the last six months. You will be asked to fill out a criminal background check permission form as part of the application.

Successful applicants’ names are added to the class roster until the class is full. Remaining candidates’ names go onto a waiting list for the next class. HCPD says “approximately 20” students attend each session.

The two-day class teaches women how to reduce the likelihood of sexual assault. It combines classroom instruction in risk awareness, risk reduction, crime prevention strategies and defensive concepts with hands-on physical defense training.

Some skills taught include:

♦ multiple strikes to vulnerable areas;

♦ escapes from choke holds, bod♦ y grabs and wrist grasps;

♦ and defense techniques from the ground.

While the self-defense class is not a martial arts program, HCPD says it does allow students “to test their new self-defense skills in a simulated and controlled environment” and is taught by certified self-defense instructors.

The idea, according to HCPD, is to provide as realistic a practice scenario as possible and to learn your limitations in a controlled environment instead of during an attack.

According to HCPD, “Survivors of sexual assault may take the course to help overcome fears and learn to regain control of their lives.”

The only men allowed in the class are self-defense instructors. No children, husbands or boyfriends are allowed to observe.

Students also will get a reference manual to take home.

To learn more about HCPD’s Women’s Self-Defense Class or to apply, visit https://bit.ly/34Aigpe.

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