Martial Arts classes teach self-defense

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Life-saving skills are being taught in self defense classes to help students feel prepared in case of an attack.

“Breathe, its okay, you can handle it,” Rodger Martin instructs the class as they hold their position.

Martin has practiced the Martial Arts for 22 years, and taught them for the past 13.

“I think it’s really important that everybody has a grasp or an idea of how to defend themselves, other than, ‘Oh I’m tough and I can defend myself,” says Martin, the owner of Minot Shou Shu Martial Arts.

According to the Department of Justice, U.S. residents age 12 or older experienced over 5 million violent victimizations in 2016, including robbery and sexual assault.

“You never know what kind of situation you’re going to be in. You hope that you make good choices and not put yourself in bad situations but you never know what you’re going to come upon,” says Amanda Olson.

Martin teaches self defense classes to give people the ability to get out of those bad situations.

“There’s more to just punching and kicking, there’s a little bit of science behind self defense,” says Martin.

He focuses on using your body as a weapon, and keeping balanced as you move.

“Let the knee and the foot turn together, forms into one straight line,” Martin instructs.

After a year of Martin’s classes, Olson has become more confident in her abilities.

“My strength has increased exponentially and I have way more balance. My endurance has grown,” says Olson.

But she adds that you don’t have to be strong to protect yourself.

“He really works to every level, you don’t have to be a star athlete.”

Self defense in the form of Martial Arts.

Martin will offer a free self defense seminar tonight at 7 at Minot Shou Shu Martial Arts.

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