Sheriff’s department to host women’s self-defense course

Published 9:19 pm Monday, February 7, 2011

In order to help women become better prepared in situations where they might be harmed by others, the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring a free women’s self defense class at the Chilton County YMCA.

“This class is to teach women how to defend themselves if they are attacked in a parking lot or in abusive situations,” said Beth Hucks, who does community relations for the Chilton County Sheriff’s Department. “We’re going to be teaching tactics and repetitive moves so if they are attacked at the grocery store, while jogging or in a parking lot, they will know easy tactics to get away, and it works.”

The class is open to all women and girls 13 to 15 years of age accompanied by a parent or guardian attending the class. The sessions will hold 25 people per class, and there are two sessions being held.

“We get a great response and have a wonderful turnout from these classes,” said Hucks.

Investigator Eric Price, Patrol Deputy David Hubbard and Hucks will be teaching the classes.

“We get a lot of mothers and daughters that come in together,” said Hucks. “My 15-year-old daughter has taken every class, and if a grown man tries to attack her and choke her out, she can flip them off of her.”

Women in their 60s even participate in the class, she said.

The self-defense session will be held Saturday, March 5 from 8 a.m. to noon and a second session from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

“They are good survival techniques and it builds self confidence,” said Hucks. “The women that come to the classes feel like they are empowered and accomplished because they’ve learned how to protect themselves.”

The attire is modest workout pants and T-shirt. Applications can be picked up at the YMCA or the sheriff’s office. The application deadline is Feb. 25.

For more information or for an application, call 755-4698.