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Free Self Defense classes offered next month

Staff Sgt. Mark Leeder, Armed Forces Network-Lajes Maintenance NCOIC, practices the Krav Maga techniques learned during that class during sparring exercises with Hugo Rabaçal Krav Maga Açores Instructor, Jan. 8. Krav Maga, a self-defense class originating from Israel, enhances American and Portuguese interaction after duty hours. (Photo by Lucas Silva)

Airmen from Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal, practice Krav Maga techniques during a class. Krav Maga, a self-defense art originating from Israel, will be taught at the Rosburg Fitness Center throughout May. (Photo by Lucas Silva)

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Sexual assault is a major issue not just outside the gates of a military installation but on installations as well. Lt. Michael Vetri, newly assigned to the 412th Communication Squadron, is trained in Israeli Krav Maga and will be volunteering his time along with members of the 412th Security Forces Squadron to instruct men and women to help prevent them from becoming another sexual assault statistic.
 
In the Self Defense Class, participants will be taught several techniques to repel any physical attack, to include choking repulsion, grab defenses, pressure points and wristlocks just to name a few.

Classes will be held at the gym in the grassy area near the turnabout, where shade is provided. The classes will be held every Wednesday in May from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the exception being the final Wednesday May 29th being moved to the following Friday May 31st. Please dress in appropriate workout type clothing and bring plenty of water to keep hydrated.

The self-defense class will be based on the martial art 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.

These classes are open to all active duty personnel, family members over the age of 18 years and DOD civilian employees. You must sign up to attend the classes and MUST sign a Hold Harmless Agreement before taking the class. Sign-up sheets are available at the front desk of the Rosburg Fitness Center or you can call/email at katelin.sprague@edwards.af.mil, (661) 277-4988; or kimberly.shirley@edwards.af.mil (661) 277-7272.
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