D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - There is still no arrest in the case of a man who attacked a female soccer coach in Bay St. Louis Monday. Police say several people have reported seeing someone matching the man's description, but those leads didn't pan out.
Meanwhile, they credit the victim's recent self-defense training for helping her escape from her attacker. You can also learn all the right moves to fight back.
Forty youngsters, ages three to 13, are punching, kicking, bobbing and weaving their way through a ten-week course. Simple self-defense techniques are part of the Alan Belcher Summer Camp Experience in D'Iberville.
Head Instructor Derek Pruitt said lessons like that probably helped a soccer coach in Bay St. Louis fight off her attacker. Police said a man hit the woman on the head, grabbed her hair, and tried to drag her into a shed off Seminary Drive.
"It's proven that if you do attack back, you have a better chance of getting out of that situation, and she reacted and responded very quickly. I'm very proud that she actually did that and attack back," said Pruitt.
Sarah Wooden has been learning self-defense techniques for three years now. That training came in handy when the petite young lady had a recent close call with an angry woman.
"She must have mistaken me for someone else. Anyway, she came after me out of the bar. Her husband grabbed her," said Wooden. "It's very empowering. It makes you feel more comfortable when you're a situation or being alone especially."
Pruitt said victims can rely on different defensive moves, depending on whether you're being attacked from the front or from behind. And he stresses that you're never too young or too old to learn to protect yourself.
"Every situation is serious. Be on the defensive, even mentally, and be ready even physically too. Sometimes we teach our kids about stranger danger. Again, the strangers are the same to us as adults," said Pruitt. "My simple advice is having that stop, defend and attack readiness every single time that you're in that situation or confronted and hopefully, it'll be very successful for you."
Alan Belcher MMA also offers four self-defense classes just for women, as well as self-defense training for families.