Self-defense classes helping women stay safe

Published: Jun. 30, 2017 at 9:32 PM CDT
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WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) -- Many women throughout the stateline are raising concerns for their safety on social media, and advising other women to be cautious while out and about. One woman is hoping self-defense classes will keep her daughter safe.

Erin mills loves knowing her nine year old daughter can protect herself.

"Especially with all of the violence and the negative things that have been happening around the city right now, it makes me feel good and it makes me feel comfortable inside as a mother, as her mother, that she'll know what to do,” said Mills.

The Winnebago County Sheriff’s department says we should always be aware of our surroundings. They say we should ask "who's around me? And what are they doing?”

"If you see signs or get sort of that feeling something's not right, you need to pay attention to that feeling and get out of that situation. Don't write that feeling off to ah it's probably nothing,” said Sgt. Bryce Franck with the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department.

That's why No Joke MMA offers self-defense and martial arts classes where adults and children can learn to defend themselves.

"A lot of our self-defense is to neutralize the opponent and then get out. You don't need to stay there and I don't recommend it. Once they're neutralized, once they're down, leave as fast as possible,” said No Joke MMA instructor Danny Bazarek.

For Mills, she hopes her daughter continues to learn more steps to keep herself safe. She hopes other women will do the same.

“Having the ability to be able to defend themselves gives them the confidence in themselves to be able to say ‘hey that's not going to happen to me today’,” said Mills.

The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department says if you are in an uncomfortable situation, being aware of your surroundings and keeping a good distance between you and anyone else is key to staying safe.

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