Women’s self-defense class set for Oct. 14

Classes will be held at Southeast Valley High School in Gowrie

GOWRIE — The North Iowa Women’s Self-Defense Initiative will hold two self-defense classes in Gowrie on Oct. 14. From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., they will be working with girls ages 8 to 12. Topics covered will include when and why we might have to use self-defense, who our predators are, the importance of listening to our intuition, assertiveness skills, and using our voices effectively. The class will also include physical self-defense tactics and techniques designed to be effective for younger, smaller girls.

From 1 to 3 p.m. will be the women’s class, which is appropriate for ages 13 and up. This class will focus a great deal on predators; the mindset of predators, how they troll for victims, what kinds of things they’re looking for, and the red flag behaviors one would see. The class will also include information on situational awareness, assertiveness skills and boundary setting, and verbal defense. Physical self-defense techniques will help women effectively use their own strengths to get away successfully from a larger, stronger, committed attacker. The physical moves are easy to learn, easy to use, and easy to remember.

These classes have been set up and sponsored by Shelley Bennett, Brooke Beschorner, and Heidi McGuire. The three are a mother and two daughters that wanted to bring awareness and education to small-town Iowa. The classes are being held at Southeast Valley High School, 1005 Riddle St., Gowrie. Participants should enter on the west side of school in the practice gym. They are free to the community, and there is no preregistration required.

For more information on classes, visit North Iowa Women’s Self-Defense Initiative at www.northiowawomensdefense.com or find it on Facebook.