Blake Wood was watching television when the news turned to tragedy. There was a home invasion and those inside the home were threatened.
“I thought what if that was my family? What if that happened here and someone was injured?” he said.
That’s when the idea came to him to start a self defense class using moves from his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class. He teaches daily at Spartanburg Martial Arts and can help you, he said, feel safer.
“If they've never seen anything before and this is what they know and I’m having them rep it out maybe they'll move right,” said Wood.
The class combines physical moves like grabs and kicks and self awareness tips like being aware of your surroundings, and using your voice as a weapon.
They teach even the smallest of men and women to fend off even the largest of attackers.
These tips can be used for an intruder at your home as well. Make sure to have a plan with your family before hand, and have a code word you can use with children to escape Wood tells 7 On Your Side.
Susan Reiner is a teacher at USC Upstate and is taking the class and assisting other students. She’s studied the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for about three years.
She told 7 On Your Side that she remembers a time, many years ago, when she was attacked.
She was walking to her car from a car late at night.
“In a car, I remember screaming and kicking at the guy,” she said.
She also sees many students walking alone, distracted whether it’s with headphones on or talking on the phone. She said many women are busy but it’s important to know how to protect yourself.
“Even if you get the basic idea, if you grab me lm going to grab you, not fight you, grab you and know what to do next I want you in a safe zone,” she said.
Wood taught this class for free and after a great turnout, he hopes to make the classes a regular thing. He said he offers classes to military personnel, law enforcement, churches and even to children to help ward off bullies.
Contact Spartanburg Martial Arts or visit their website here
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