YWCA Offers Self-Defense Classes in Response to Samantha Koenig Disappearance

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by Russ Slaten

Original Air Date: Feb 6, 2012

Responding to the alleged kidnapping of Samantha Koenig, the YWCA is offering a two hour self-defense course to help the public feel more confident.

Tonight was the first of two opportunities for learning the technique known as 'shredding,' taught by Senshido Alaska. Shredding is a self-defense strategy that can be used by anyone regardless of age, gender, size or athletic ability. Teachers of the 'shredding' technique, say you will come away more confident in defending yourself.

There are no memorization techniques and no repetiative training. The instructors say the YWCA is the perfect place to learn the course.

"We are working to respond to the needs of the community. This self-defense class is a way we are responding to that need. We feel that giving classes like this is the best way to help our community," said YWCA Alaska Spokesperson Caren Ailleo.

The classes is open to men and women ages 13 and up, costs $10 to signup, and can be reserved by calling Senshido Alaska at 1-907-575-4952. More classes are available next week, and will be added, based on community response.

Find more information on the Senshido Alaska blog here: http://senshidointernational.blogspot.com/2012/02/ywca-alaska-and-senshido-alaska-working.html