A self-defense class for females graduating from high school took place at the Major Terry Branscome Training Center, 25500 Airport Road, Punta Gorda, on May 3.
The free class was taught by Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Training Sergeant and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, Brent Hertenlehner.
Young adults can benefit from self-defense courses for a number of reasons. It improves confidence but it also helps them to level the playing field against an attacker who may be much larger than they are. This course is excellent preparation for girls graduating high school and going off to college.
Students were shown how to apply choke holds to render an attacker helpless or escape an attacker if pinned to the ground.
“This class is intended to increase your options and help you prepare responses to avoid, de-escalate, remove yourself from an attack, and also empower one to prevent violence.”
The next class will be held at the Major Terry Branscome Training Center, on May 17. For more information or to sign up, email Claudette Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org or Trista Zimmerman at email@example.com or visit www.facebook.com/pg/CCSOFLSheriff/events.