GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - If you were confronted by someone with a knife or a gun would you know what to do? One out of every 383 Mississippians has the chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime, according to a report on neighborhoodscout.com.
"I am getting ready to get into my car, and someone puts a knife to my throat," Edward Power said. "If I don't react then it's going to be a bad situation for me."
Power teaches a reality based self-defense class called Krav Maga in Gulfport and in Long Beach.
"It gives the ordinary person the opportunity to defend themselves against criminals," Power said.
Power uses hands-on instruction to teach his students how to meet the threat of someone with a weapon instead of freezing and hoping that person does not use the weapon.
Some of Power's students are law enforcement officers and active duty military members.
"Before I started this class, I didn't have very much experience in this type of thing, and I don't know what I would have done if something would have happened to me. Now a days, I feel a lot more confident. I feel like I could respond," Andy King said.
"With my wife at home, I like to protect her," said Craig Williams, who works for the U.S. Navy. "It also makes a lot of things for my job easier knowing how to react to some of the things we may encounter."
The class is also geared towards younger students, to teach them how to fight back against bullying or if someone tries to kidnap them.
"When someone comes behind your back, you pluck and pull them around," said 7-year-old Jenna Cannan.
"I think I would be ready in case that happened," 11-year-old Kylee Cannan said.
Tom Cannan enrolled his daughters in the class about a year ago.
"I want my daughters to be able to have something they can take life skills with them and know how to react," Cannan said.
These lessons could mean the difference between life and death.
"It's more important to go home to your family," Power said.
Power teaches the classes at Wolfpack Athletics in Gulfport and The Energy Club in Long Beach. If you would like to learn more about the classes, you can reach him at 228-563-4962.