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Options to Protect Yourself from an Attacker

Courtney Warren-Corley, Taking Self Defense Classes Courtney Warren-Corley, Taking Self Defense Classes
Grand Master Michael Lister with The Martial Arts and Athletic Center Grand Master Michael Lister with The Martial Arts and Athletic Center

You may be wondering what you can do to keep from being taken to a second location.

Your keys, a cup, the seatbelt... You have them in your car... And they are all weapons that could save your life.

Courtney Warren-Corley says, "I take it mainly being a woman, out even Christmas shopping, or like what has happened this weekend, stuff around the holidays, people getting grabbed, held up."

Warren-Corley has been in self defense for six months... And she says her training has come in handy since she works at a bar.

Grand Master Michael Lister with The Martial Arts and Athletic Center says, "It's that surprise and that instantaneous thing that they are not ready for. That automatic instant and they think, wow she is fighting back."

There are several options you have to fight back if you end up in a car with your attacker.. And some old staples you thought of may not be exactly the best.

"The old thought is oh put your keys between your fingers and then you can punch them, you can't do that in here. You just use them this way across the eyes, across something." Lister says.

"The drinks you know we have drinks, and that across the face and they are trying to get stuff out of their face, you can get out of the car. Cd cases, you have cd's cases that work. Seatbelts, if they are sitting in the back and he is sitting in the front or visa versa. You can use a seat belts to do things."

Lister says that the most important thing is your safety... So only fight back if you feel you can.

For more information on the self defense classes offered call the center at 322-1080.

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