2008-10-09 / Local & State

Women Take Hands-On Approach To Self-Defense

Twenty-two women hailing from across Fulton, Franklin and Huntingdon counties have opted to take a "hands-on" approach to learning self-defense techniques during a four-week course organized by the Fulton County Parks and Recreation Commission. Instructor Trooper Ryan Cohen of the Pennsylvania State Police, Mc- Connellsburg barracks, kicked off Monday night's opening lesson with focus aimed at being aware of your surroundings, using your voice and various defensive tactics utilizing both the lower and upper body. Among those taking the four-week course are Chambersburg resident Connie McKinley (above), who is demonstrating the proper way to use the back of a fist while striking an attacker. Meanwhile, Deborah Shore (right) of the Hustontown area utilizes multiple techniques using both her finger tips and knees to fight off Trooper Cohen during a mock attack that lasted approximately 30 seconds. The class will continue to be held on Monday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. throughout the month of October at the newly constructed Forbes Road High School gymnasium for the preregistered, local participants who are between the ages of 17 and 71.

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