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May 24, 2013

Final self defense class May 31

Staff Sgt. Cameron Cochran, 412th Security Forces Squadron, gets thrown down by 2nd Lt. Michael Vetri, 412th Communications Squadron, who was demonstrating a take-down technique during the Sexual Assault Awareness Month self defense class in front of the Oasis Community Center May15. Vetri is trained in Israeli Krav Maga and is volunteering his time along with members of the 412th SFS to instruct men and women to help prevent them from becoming another sexual assault statistic.

 

In the Self Defense Class, participants are taught several techniques to repel any physical attack, to include choking repulsion, grab defenses, pressure points and wristlocks just to name a few.

The classes have been held every Wednesday in May from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the shaded grassy in front of Oasis, with the exception being the final Wednesday (May 29) being moved to May 31.

People who want to attend the class are asked to dress in appropriate workout type clothing and bring plenty of water to keep hydrated.

The self-defense classes are based on the martial art of the Israeli Special Defense Forces combat style of Krav Maga. This particular combat system is defensive in nature, designed to use techniques which in turn, conserves energy. The actual combat style of Krav Maga is dirty; there is nothing flashy about 80% of the moves. However, the reason for this stems back to the fact that Krav Maga moves are instinctual in nature. This system is meant for the victim to quickly and efficiently disable the assailant and return fire without delay. The instinctual and “energy-efficient” styles of the moves are contrary to several other martial arts.

Most importantly, the mentality of Krav Maga, which in turn will be the mentality of the self-defense class, is to give the student a sense of confidence in any situation.

 




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