Sevierville police offer free self-defense classes

Sevierville police offer free self-defense classes

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Instructors say if you're caught in a desperate situation, you need to tell yourself you can survive. Instructors say if you're caught in a desperate situation, you need to tell yourself you can survive.
"Most of the time when they first come to class, they don't believe that they could defend themselves, or not very well. They're not very confident about their abilities," Cowan said. "Most of the time when they first come to class, they don't believe that they could defend themselves, or not very well. They're not very confident about their abilities," Cowan said.
"We're going to start with the stances, some wrist grabs, kicking and punching," Sevierville Police Officer Rebecca Cowan said during Tuesday night's class. "We're going to start with the stances, some wrist grabs, kicking and punching," Sevierville Police Officer Rebecca Cowan said during Tuesday night's class.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - Sevierville police are teaching women how to fight off an attacker. They're offering free self-defense classes in March for women of all ages. 

Instructors say if you're caught in a desperate situation, you need to tell yourself you can survive. They also say a little common sense and physical techniques go a long way when trying to fight off any kind of attack.

"We're going to start with the stances, some wrist grabs, kicking and punching," Sevierville Police Officer Rebecca Cowan said during Tuesday night's class.

Cowan is a certified instructor of Rape Aggression Defense, also known as RAD. She says the techniques teach women how to defend and empower themselves.

"Most of the time when they first come to class, they don't believe that they could defend themselves, or not very well. They're not very confident about their abilities," Cowan said.

The University of Tennessee Police Department also offers RAD classes, usually every month at the station.

"It's good information. It's free information. It's something that hopefully you'll never have to use, but it's something that if you do have to use it, it's better to have that knowledge just in case that situation does arise," UTPD Sgt. Cedric Roach said.

That's why Nancy Huskey and her daughter Kelli are taking the classes.

"We've known some girls that have gone through situations, and we said we need to learn how to do this so that it doesn't happen, and maybe we can help somebody else or encourage them to take classes," Huskey said.

After the sessions, Cowan says most of the women come away with a different attitude.

"That's what this class is all about, telling women that no matter if the situation is hopeless, you can still fight and you can still survive," Cowan said.

The Sevierville Police Department offers the classes from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday in March at the Sevierville Civic Center.

More information on UTPD's RAD classes can be found here.

 

 

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