Safe and Sound: One self-defense class may not be enough

Safe and Sound: Self-defense

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - You never know what can happen, so self-defense classes are a good way to keep yourself safe, in the event someone tries to attack you.

But the key word here is classes — and not just one. Jeremy Laviano co-owner of Hamby Jiu-Jitsu said his sport takes hard work, a lot of sweat and tears and practice.

"It becomes impractical to become a daily regimen, so the best thing that you can do is seek out experts that have this practical knowledge and instead of learning thousands of techniques, take concepts to apply them into your daily life," Laviano said.

But what about the typical family, or career driven person, or even single mom…what should you do if you cant go to multiple classes?

Laviano suggested using the knowledge you already have.

"One of the big principles that we talk about is the moves I can show you as a Jiu-jitsu practitioner are valuable, but they're not as valuable as fleeing a situation that you're not comfortable with. Anytime you can get away, get away. Flee," he added.

Also remember environmental awareness, like being aware of your surroundings, parking in well-lit areas, and going with your gut instinct!

Coach Gregory Cannon from Beat the Streetz Boxing Gym agreed that it takes more than one time at the gym to learn the craft.

"When it comes to a situation where you must use self-defense, we're already a couple of steps ahead of the game. Street fighting is totally different from boxing," Cannon said.

If you can find the time, these classes are very beneficial, help your health, and builds self-esteem.

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