Self defense classes?

self defense classAfter seeing the recent string of crime stories, MattW emailed this week:

Can anyone recommend self-defense classes?

Any suggestions? Please share.

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Watervliet Fish & Game, Pistol training

Look into Combat Hapkido - "The Science of Self Defense". Its a martial art that focuses on practical self defense skills. I took it up after I got my black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and there are a couple of TKD schools that used to (and probably still do) teach it. Columbia TKD in East Greenbush, Capital Northeast in Colonie, Kinderhook TKD...

Krav Maga is pretty serious if you can find someone in the area who teaches it. I was told that all martial arts are defensive at their core (all reactions to someone who is trying to come after you).

I'm pretty sure most other classes, that aren't strictly martial arts and are advertised as "self defense", are more for females warding off sexual assault.

Self defense training? Oh, oh, oh, we want to learn how to defend ourselves against pointed sticks, do we?

If you're in the City of Albany, the Police Department's Community Services Unit will do "Safety Presentations for community groups and businesses," such as neighborhood associations, etc. I've seen this a couple times.

It's not a self-defense class. It's more like what you can do to avoid needing to physically defend yourself. It's some really simple advice like walking to avoid someone you don't trust or making eye contact with people, but they explain how and why it can keep you safer.

most martial arts schools will let you take a class for free, self defense seminars show up regularly at universities and ymcas if your looking for some awareness type training.it all depends on what you want to get out of it

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