ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Many fathers are concerned about their daughter's safety as they head off to college, and are taking steps for their protection.
South Georgia martial art experts said they are swamped with dad's wanting self defense lessons for their daughters.
Erin Battaglia and Haley Davidson are leaving for college next month, but first their dads sent them to Martial Arts Instructor Graylon Brunson.
Brunson said his self defense lessons for college students is to re-direct the attention of the assailant to give the student the time to escape.
"When I made my decision about New York City, he definitely pushed me to try to get some self defense knowledge," said Davidson.
"The dads are very, very concerned. Especially when you are watching the news and all the things that you see that could happen," said Brunson.
Lessons in the classroom: "Pick her up. Head butt. Head butt. Knees, knees, knees, kick. Yes."
"But if they come up here and try getting kind of close and they are getting like this, just push straight out. You push in, you push down. That carries a lot of pain. What we are trying to do is redirect this person's interest," Brunson explained during a lesson.
Brunson recommends one weapon for females. It's called a kubatan and it can be used as a key chain.
"It makes you feel a lot safer, and part of it is just confidence. Even if I am never attacked I have more peace of mind knowing if anything happened I can protect myself. I can better protect people I'm with, so I'm less afraid," said Battaglia.
Brunson's lesson to the girls is to fight, and not be an easy victim.
"So even if I am choking, and you are holding on and you are fighting. You scratch the face, scratch the face. Thumb in the eyes, thumb pushing an eye, pushing away," encouraged Brunson.
Taking back control: "Fight, no matter what. I don't care if the worst case come, I want you fighting,"
The students said the lessons make them feel empowered.
Students learn lessons that fathers hope their daughters never have to use, but want them to know before they head off to college.
The seminar lessons for college students cost $15 each. For more information, call Brunson at (229) 449-5348.