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MO – TRAINING – New self-defense class for women led by law enforcement (VIDEO)

It’s a program that teaches more than eye-gouging and a well-placed knee. It starts with what you know — or even what you don’t. The new “F8” program is meant to equip women with the moves and knowledge to be ready for a variety of situations. Run by a team of fitness gurus and members of local law enforcement, it is meant to train the mind and body for situational self-defense across an 8-week course. Julie Ast is in the first ever group of 10 women to go through the program, and they are currently in week two. For Ast, it’s about making sure she is ready for anything. “I have heard stories from other friends, acquaintances, and things that have happened to maybe them or their daughter. I don’t want to be a victim, and I certainly don’t want any family members to become victims,” says Ast. One of the instructors is Matt Brown, who is a member of local law enforcement. He says this is not the average self-defense class. “When you look at a women’s self-defense class, usually those are like one day, two-day events. Everybody high fives each other and leaves. This is not what that is,” Brown says. “We roll up a series of classes that we want them sit through that teaches them not to be a victim. What does that look like, what does that sound like, what does that feel like?” Brown and other members of law enforcement break down certain crime trends and things they see, which is meant to help make the women more aware of their surroundings. “We’re talking about what we see on the streets day in and day out that they can expect to fall into. What are those traps, and how do they get out of that?” Brown says. The Manager of F8 is Angie Hart-Dodson, who brings to the table a career in fitness and yoga. Her goal is to help women get in shape for the techniques they’ll be using.   [full article]

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