Women’s self-defense course focuses on sexual assault

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Martial arts instructor Greg Bledsoe shows Samantha Torgerson and Alicia Booker some moves during a free women's self-defense course on Saturday at Gordon Martian Arts.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 05:37 PM.

CRESTVIEW — More than 20 Crestview women attended a free women's self-defense course on Saturday at Gordon Martial Arts.

The event, instructed by Thomas Gordon and fellow martial arts instructors, featured presentations from North Okaloosa Medical Center’s Healthy Woman program and Crestview Police Officer Sam Kimmons.

Kimmons advised the group on what to do before, during and after rape. One preventive measure was reasoning with the attacker or telling him or her that you have a sexually transmitted disease.

  Though rape rarely occurs within city limits, self-defense is crucial, he said.

"If we can mentally prepare them for this type of situation, they will respond much better, should it occur," Kimmons said. "Mental preparedness is the number one key."

Instructors identified several pressure points on the human body that can be used against an attacker. They also showed quick maneuvers to use if someone tries to grab them.

For instance, applying pressure to a large person’s nose can bring them down to size.

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