Public safety offers free self-defense classes

Instructors Josh McMillian and Asia Pettit demonstrate various strikes and blocks for those in attendance.

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Instructors Josh McMillian and Asia Pettit demonstrate various strikes and blocks for those in attendance.
Instructors Josh McMillian and Asia Pettit demonstrate various strikes and blocks for those in attendance.

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It’s almost surprising that the first thing so many people think of when they hear the words “self-defense class” is the SING lesson from the “Miss Congeniality” movie. That was what everyone was laughing about Wednesday, Feb. 17 as they waited for the women’s self-defense class, led by Public Safety Chief Josh McMillian and fellow instructor and amateur fighter, Asia Pettit, to begin.

“Prevention is your best self-defense,” Chief McMillian said. “Be observant wherever you go, use your common sense to avoid getting into situations you think might be dangerous and be confident in yourself.”

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Josh McMillian and Asia Pettit, instructors for the self-defense class, share a smile after teaching those in attendance how to protect themselves with strikes, blocks, and kicks.
Josh McMillian and Asia Pettit, instructors for the self-defense class, share a smile after teaching those in attendance how to protect themselves with strikes, blocks, and kicks.

McMillian believes getting into any physical altercation should be your last option, but that doesn’t mean he held back on teaching everyone just how to protect themselves should it come down to a fight. During the three hour course, McMillian and Pettit demonstrated a series of blocks, strikes and kicks that would be useful should one ever be attacked. In unison, everyone copied these moves, repeating them as they moved across the mat and back again.

No one hesitated to ask questions about proper foot placement or the best way to get the most power from a strike or kick. While at first it felt a little silly to be striking at thin air, McMillian assured everyone the best way to become comfortable with using the moves was to practice them again and again.

Chief McMillian said self-defense has no rules. With sport fighting like UFC, a competitor knows they have certain things they can and cannot do; Chief McMillian pointed out that self-defense should be “no holds barred” because your goal is getting away from your attacker safely.

McMillian and Pettit were friendly and helpful, making sure to do their best to ensure everyone left with a little more self-defense knowledge than they came in with.

The class, which is free to attend, will be held again on Wednesday, Feb. 24, Thursday, Feb. 25, and the following week on Wednesday, March 2 and Thursday, March 3.

McMillian encouraged students to take both Wednesday and Thursday nights classes.

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