Thursday: Learn to defend yourself at Lakeshore Sport & Fitness

By Taylor Hartz | Staff Writer

Published Jan. 24, 2018

On Thursday, New Eastsiders can sign up for a crash course in self defense that will leave participants feeling safer and more empowered. Lakeshore Sport and Fitness, located at 211 N. Stetson Ave., is offering a “Self Defense Seminar” that will cover the basic skills needed to defend yourself against a physical attack.  

Luis Davila, social programming director for LSF, said the class will address how to remain in a calm mindset in a stressful, threatening situation.

“It’s okay to be vulnerable, and this class is going to help you deal with those moments,” said Davila.

The course will demonstrate “real world scenarios” and will teach attendees how to be more aware of their surroundings and vocalize their experiences with self defense.

Davila said that according to a Facebook poll of the event, respondents are most interested in learning how to escape if an attacker grabs them by the wrist or neck, so the class will go over movements for getting out of an arm or neck hold, along with other dangerous situations, like how to react when an attacker shows a weapon, or threatens that they have a weapon.

The 90-minute session will be led by instructor Christina Biancamano. Biancamano has a black belt in Tang Soo Do and has more than ten years of experience in a several areas of martial arts, including Judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Though reason for the class stems from concerns about safety, the team at LSF wants to have fun with it.

Davila will serve as the “dummy” for simulated attacks, and the group will participate in group kickboxing as a warm-up

The session will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the 211 lounge at Lakeshore Sport and Fitness.

Registration is open online for $49 per person. Readers can use the discount code NEWEASTSIDE for $10 off.


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