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Main Street Minute: Women's Self-Defense

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More and more people are heading to our area for work, and that means more crime and a need for more self-defense training.

"I was in a situation with a guy who was a lot larger than me," says Minot resident Kayla Cote. "He did what he wanted, and I couldn't do anything because I didn't have the skills."

"Women are just as capable of defending themselves as men are," says Melissa Lytton, another area resident. "They just aren't taught to do it from an early age like men are, and it's important to close that skill gap so that there isn't such a big physical threat from men to women."

That's why Moore's Shou Shu Martial Arts is offering free self-defense classes for women in the community.

"I don't want anybody in our community to be a victim of that kind of situation. So, that's why I'm offering these classes to better defend themselves against those people that are trying to take advantage of them," says Moore's instructor  Rodger Martin.

The lessons focus on teaching women how to free themselves from an assailant, and fight back, if need be.

"Remember, I'm teaching you to fight. This isn't a sport. This is for your life," says Martin to the class. "What's your life worth? Everything, right!"

Some of the women say the skills they're learning are invaluable.

"Now, I'm learning. I'm giving myself the strength and getting those skills so if it ever happens again, I can fight them off," says Cote.

"Getting a body off you, being able to breathe even when you're in a tough situation. Those are very important," says Lytton.

Moore's held a special seminar this past weekend, but if you want to participate, they hold their free weekly women's self-defense classes Thursday nights from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Moore's is located at 110 1st St. SE, on the second floor.

You can find information on their Facebook page, just search Moore's Martial Arts.

 

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