BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault is giving women in the community a chance to learn to defend themselves for free.
"I've seen and met so many people in the community who are either mothers and daughters who want to keep themselves safe when they go up to school," said self-defense instructor Dave Woods of Bakersfield Elite Martial Arts. "And I've met people who are victims of domestic violence and other assault and it's really upsetting to see that and know those things are happening. So I feel obligated to give a little service back to the community and try to help these people"
What started as a one time class has turned into twelve years for Woods.
"So I'll start out talking a little bit about our intention which is strictly self-defense with the understanding that we're going to do whatever it takes."
The class starts with a presentation on armed self-defense and domestic violence resources. But most of the class includes hands-on training. Such as what should you do if someone grips you by the arm? Scratch the eyes, cusp the ears, hit the throat, and knee the groin. A technique that woods says should be practiced regularly.
Woods said many of the women enter the class doubtful and leave empowered.
The event takes place Wednesday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault Outreach Center located at 1921 19th St.