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SAVING WITH $AM: Trainer offers free self-defense classes

Posted at 6:07 AM, May 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-16 11:36:34-04

A trainer is offering free training to help women fend off assaults.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as many as 600 women are attacked every day in the United States, by strangers and people they know as well.

One woman in Tucson is teaching others how to fight back for free. The training could not only save you money, but possibly save your life.

When Kate Woodard isn't healing horses as an equine veterinarian, she is breaking in first-time self-defense students.

Every Friday at 5 p.m. at Rising Phoenix Fitness & Defense, 2201 E. Broadway, Woodard teaches a free woman's self-defense class.

"We want them to have the tools to be confident going anywhere they want, wearing anything they want, doing anything they want," Woodard said.

In each free class, Woodard goes through the five steps of basic self-defense.

Lessons include testing your flinch response, movement, how to hit someone, how to control someone, what to hit and how to block.

Woodard wants women to feel more prepared to deal with stalkers, sexual assaults and feel more secure when walking alone. She wants women to come away from her classes more aware of her surroundings.

"You deserve to fight back," she said. "You are worth fighting for. And if you don't believe it, find something that is."

For more information on the classes, click here.