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Self-defense course stresses preparation
Women learn ways to protect themselves
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Marielos Bond practices fending off an attacker with Jeff Gresser of the Forsyth County Sheriffs Office. - photo by Alyssa LaRenzie

Sandy Glascoe envisioned her attacker standing in front of her and yelled at the top of her lungs as she pounded a red punching bag with a swift open palm hit.

The man behind the pad, Jeff Gresser, smiled and praised Glascoe’s technique. He then welcomed the next in line to take a shot.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Sgt. A.J. Frampton told about 30 women at a Saturday assault prevention class that committing the moves to muscle memory will enable them to react properly in case of an attack.

“If you think about it and you think about it often enough, your body will do it,” Frampton said.

The six-hour course at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center was the long version of the free community class for women.

It helps them learn how to not to be a victim, how to defend against attackers and learn their rights under the law.

Teenagers, adults and seniors spent the first portion of the class listening to a presentation and asking questions, and finished by learning how to physically react.

The end goal in case of an attack, Frampton said, is to get away.

A kick or hit can stun someone just long enough to get a running head start, he said.

Women should also yell “help” or “stop” to get the attention of others, said Frampton, adding that “chivalry’s not dead.”

As the women practiced the physical defense maneuvers, he also offered tips such as “The lighter you hit, the louder you should yell,” and that screams get the blood pumping to hit harder.

Frampton said the course, which is one of the office’s “more popular classes,” is offered frequently, sometimes in subdivisions or for community groups.

Kristie Campbell came Saturday to learn how she could protect herself and, more importantly, her children. The knowledge she gained left her feeling more prepared.

“He’s actually corrected a lot of myths about what you should and should not do, like things you hear from your friends,” Campbell said.

The portion of the class on legal self-defense rights had the same effect for Ginger Ellis, who said she’d learned a lot from the midday session.

“I highly recommend this for women of all ages,” Ellis said.