Statistics show that 31 million crimes are reported annually in the United States: that’s about one crime per second.  In an effort to empower women and teach them to fight back against crime, The Center for Medical Weight Loss at University Drive is hosting a women’s self defense class that is free and open to the public.  The class, which takes place Monday, April 5th, will kick off a series of free educational workshops at the Center designed to promote health and wellness in the community. 

The Center’s martial arts instructor, Michelle Straka, is a second degree black belt who trained for 15 years under the Grand Master Sung Wuk Chung, a world champion and ninth degree black belt.  Straka will teach personal safety focused on awareness, prevention and self-realization of one’s physical power.  Women will be taught key moves such as the palm heel strike, elbow jab and how to use what’s in hand as a weapon including an umbrella, bag, cell phone or pen.  As well as learning defense techniques, participants will also receive a great motivational workout empowering the mind and the body.  

“Most people who are victimized never imagined that crime would happen to them, explains Gabriela Rosenthal, a weight loss specialist with the Center.  “Only about 10 percent of self-defense is actually physical.  The best defense is just being aware of your surroundings and taking preventive measures which we will teach in our complimentary workshop.”   

Monday, April 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Center for Medical Weight Loss
2209 N. University Drive
Pembroke Pines,  FL 33024

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