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