Dickinson women hosting self defense workshop

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DICKINSON, N.D. - Most people don't know what they'd do if they were attacked on the street or even in their own home. A group of women in Dickinson want to be ready for the worst.

Someone comes from behind you with a gun, and you have seconds to react. What do you do? This workshop wants women to know the answer.

​"You know, you think you can always do it, but when it comes down to it would you be able to react the way that you're supposed to?" says Heather Dressler, Owner of BodyLift Fitness.

BodyLift Fitness Owner Heather Dressler is hosting a three-part self defense workshop for women.

The trainer says this is the first time she's taken a class - and she wants to be proactive.

"I think it's really important to be able to defend yourself," says Dressler.

The first part of the course teaches women situational awareness and how to be mentally prepared for an attack.

"It's getting their brains to places they haven't been before, so when that thing, that inopportune thing happens to them, when they are picked out, and they are now all of a sudden the victim of a violent crime or attacker, they've worked himself through it," says Sgt. Kylan Klauzer, Dickinson Police Dept.

The next two parts help women get familiar with preparing to strike, kick, or punch - actions they may have never done before.

Sergeant Kylan Klauzer says he has had family members who were victims of domestic violence.

He says he wants to help empower women through the course.

"Maybe they felt vulnerable. If I could minimize those types of things for them, make them feel better, stronger, I think it's a win," says Klauzer.

And save one woman at a time.

The next two sessions will focus on hands-on technical techniques and personal protection devices. ​​