Self defense course teaches Wolf Pack member valuable skills

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Master Sgt. Sabrina Johnson, middle, 8th Fighter Wing public affairs, practices a self-defense takedown on Staff Sgt. Jonathan Mollison, 8th Comptroller Squadron, as Taekwondo instructor, Edward Kirchmeier instructs her at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, March 6, 2013. Twelve women and seven men attended this class sponsored by the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for Women’s History Month to practice self-defense techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marcus Morris)
Master Sgt. Sabrina Johnson, middle, 8th Fighter Wing public affairs, practices a self-defense takedown on Staff Sgt. Jonathan Mollison, 8th Comptroller Squadron, as Taekwondo instructor, Edward Kirchmeier instructs her at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, March 6, 2013. Twelve women and seven men attended this class sponsored by the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for Women’s History Month to practice self-defense techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marcus Morris)

Self defense course teaches Wolf Pack member valuable skills

by: Staff Sgt. Tong Duong | .
8th Fighter Wing PAO | .
published: March 15, 2013

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea-- -- Learning self-defense skills to thwart a potential assault is an invaluable lesson, and 19 women and men participated in such a class held at the fitness center, March 3, 2013 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea.

A husband and wife team from Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, taught Wolf Pack members several basic Taekwondo self-defense techniques to escape an attacker. The class was sponsored by the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator office as part of Women's History Month.

"Sexual assaults are usually acquaintance rape, and for the most part it is someone you know. It's not going to be someone who grabs you off the street," said Maj. Iris Coleman, 8th Fighter Wing, SARC. "What we learned here is for intimate partner kind of self defense... it can be the most exceptional thing that keeps us safe and to protect ourselves."

Some of the techniques taught were how to neutralize wrist grabs, neck chokes, bear hugs and at times, how to us the momentum generated from the assault to throw the attacker to the ground, so one can make their escape.

For participant, Staff Sgt. Monise Butler, 8th Medical Operation Squadron, she feels more confident after taking the two-hour class and is empowered to know she can get herself out of a situation if she was ever faced with one.

"I thought it was very useful, and I learned a lot. It is something I could practice and perfect," Butler said. "My favorite part of the hands-on participation was the bear-hug part and how to get out of that maneuver. I took a self-defense course about four to five years ago, and I am a little rusty, so this was a great refresher course."

The SARC office encourages everyone to take a self-defense class and get some kind of training.

"If noting more, the level of confidence you gain in terms of being able to say no and to defend yourself, so that when anybody goes beyond your boundaries, you can respond appropriately," Coleman said.

The next self-defense course will be offered in April as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. For more information, contact the SARC office at 782-7252.

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