A local martial arts instructor is hoping to not only spread his passion for the sport, but also to equip people with the tools to defend themselves.
More than 20 people came to a free self defense class at the YWCA in Wausau.
"Our world is just becoming increasingly more violent the way that more people. We have more people, so we have more good and we have more bad," said YWCA Head Mentor Martial Arts Instructor, Jamie Sparling. "It's my goal to not really to give roses or thorns, but somewhere in the middle."
He said it's all about your gut reaction and getting into a position that doesn't show you want to fight, but gets you ready to take action. That way you can accept the situation for what it is and turn the threat into a challenge.
"The acronym we like to use for FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real. I'm scared of something that hasn't happened yet. So there's a different way to possibly look at that and that's what this Self Defense 101 is really going to focus on," he said.
The YWCA has a tentative date set for May 31st for it's next self defense class where you can learn these basics and more advance moves. If you would like to learn more, follow the links provided below.
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