IJM chapel group offers free women’s self-defense class

KNOXVILLE – Saturday afternoon, Charles Ward, Vice President of the Kentucky Judo Council, came to Johnson University on behalf of the International Justice Mission chapel group to lead a women’s self-defense class.

Charles Ward is the father of Zac Ward, a current Junior at Johnson University.

Zac is a team leader for the IJM chapel group. He helps manage what the group does on a day-to-day basis, as well as upcoming events.

Charles has been actively doing Judo for 34 years. He has a black belt in Aikido, a Japanese martial arts; he has experience in Jiu Jitsu, a Brazilian martial arts and combat sport; and Arnis, Filipino stick fighting.

There were seven women that came to the class on Saturday.

Charles focused the class on basic self-defense. This included defense against grabs – such as grabbing the hair and wrist grabs, and bear hug defense mechanisms – such as the airplane – along with multiple other basic defense maneuvers.

Charles believes that it is important that everybody has an awareness of self-defense.

IJM held this self-defense seminar to “combat unsafe situations that can be fixed,” said Zac.

IJM hopes to hold future defense classes on campus, with Charles returning as instructor. Charles would like to be able to bring dummies as practice victims for the next session.

In order for another self-defense seminar to take place, notify IJM of your interest.

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