Self-Defense Classes On The Rise With Serial Gropers On The Loose

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — With more than one serial groper still on the loose in Brooklyn, self-defense classes are popping up everywhere from Park Slope to Sunset Park.

Some classes are even being offered for free to help women learn what they can do to combat potential criminals.

“When you’re in a situation, use whatever techniques you can whether it’s your voice, your body. You want to run and you want to get out of that situation as soon as possible before something bad happens,” Jodi Haywood, group fitness manager at Harbor Fitness in Park Slope, said.

LISTEN: Jodi Haywood describes lessons from self-defense class

Harbor Fitness is offering a free two-hour self-defense class on Sunday, and Haywood says there are many helpful techniques to fend off would-be attackers.

“They do a really terrific exercise of using your voice, and they teach you basically how to maximize your power in your voice and learn how to scream and say no and find power in using your voice as well,” she said.

Haywood said the class will be both physical and mental, teaching how to be aware of your environment and following your instincts to avoid dicey situations. The class will take women through drills to learn how to break out of a situation and voice exercises.

One of the women who was attacked in Brooklyn screamed until the attacker let go and a bystander came to her aid.

Haywood says the sooner a woman can get out of a bad situation the better, so whatever it takes to escape immediately is the right thing to do.

  • Richie

    These gropers need to be shot and killed period. It’s time to standup america.

  • DanTe

    Be careful. In NY, anyone who interferes with a criminal act in progress gets sent to jail for assault or any other charges trumped up by the criminal friendly Administration. Can’t have the sheep suddenly learning to defend themselves in Der Fatherland.

  • Josh

    This is the reason why that we need to protect ourselves.

  • Sylvan Tieger

    The NY senators such as Chuck Schmuer do not believe in a womans right to pprotect herself and others.

    It should also be nothed the police are not there to stop a crimethe come after the fact.

    Voters should demand their God given right to defend thermselves and the life of another human being. Get a gun learn how to use it.

    Guns kill just as a fork made Rosie O’ Donnell a fat slob and the car made Ted Kennedy a drunken driver.

  • truth

    how about allowing women to casry tazers!!! or spending the ridiculous amount of money allocated to ows protesters putting more officers on bk streets?

  • Meme Meyagi

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

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