Whether it’s blocking a punch or getting out of a wrist grab, Keegan Case, a sophomore studying chemistry, and Bronson Herrera, a junior studying political science, said they can teach a person how to do it.
Case and Herrera instructed a self-defense class Oct. 24, so students can learn the basic moves and principles. This course is offered through the Life Skills program.
“The principle is your body is a temple,” Case said. “The temple is worth protecting.”
The two of them worked together to teach the class members how to defend themselves, or others, in various harmful situations.
“It is helpful in any situation to know that you can take care of yourself or your loved ones if the situation ever came ,” Herrera said.
Herrera said he has studied karate for six years and jujitsu for about five.
“Knowing how to take care of one’s self is more involved than just getting big muscles, although that can certainly help,” Herrera said.
Case practices a style of self-defense called Kajukenbo.
He said he started learning from his dad at 8 years old, and he has helped teach his dad’s class for at least two years.
“Knowing self-defense has definitely helped me be more confident,” Case said. “You can’t be reserved when you are trying to get someone to let go of you.”
Both Case and Herrera said that they want the students to feel confident and know that they are all worth protecting.
Both boys said they want the students to gain an appreciation for their abilities and physical bodies.
“The students should also know that the best defense is to be where you are sposed to be,” Case said. “Often bad situations can be avoided if you are in good places.”
Both Case and Herrera have been in situations where they have used self-defense.
Case witnessed an attack while on his mission and was able to step in and help the person being attacked.
“Because I was trained in self-defense, I was able to act instead of being frozen in place by fear,” Case said.
Herrera was able to help a student at his high school who was being bullied.
“It wasn’t really that big of a deal looking back, but it was at the time, and I felt comfortable enough to be able to act,” Herrera said.
Case and Herrera said that anyone can learn the skills of self-defense, and they should take the time to do so.
“If nothing else, it gives you a peace of mind knowing, that if something happens, [you have] some idea of what to do,” Case said. “Practicing makes you more likely to act correctly when the situation arrives.”
Students who were unable to attend this course or would like to know more about this skill, can attend the Rape Aggression Defense’s (RAD) four-week program.
In this course, students are taught by a certified RAD instructor useful self-defense skills over a course of a month. This class will begin Nov. 5 and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m in the John W. Hart building.