Ladies only: Free Classes self-defense classes

Recent kidnappings have sparked a new effort to teach women and girls to defend themselves. The Good Deeds Community Center in Gulfport is planning to hold a free series of mother-daughter self-defense classes starting,Tuesday, September 9th.

Class instructors said in addition to teaching self-defense lessons, there will also be discussions about date rape, drugs and the importance of being aware of your surroundings.

"If I go into an environment that has a lot of people, I'm less likely to be a victim. Or if I go into an environment that has maybe a police car or maybe not a lot of people, but they're close by. The most important thing is not being alone. You and your friends or if it's a child, you, your mom, your dad, a brother, sister, somebody that if you're getting attacked can either assist or they can go and get help," said  instructor Adrianyon Riley.

The classes are open to all women and girls ages six and up. Only women and girls will be allowed to attend. To register for the free classes, call 228-669-2669.

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