Lone Star College-Kingwood is offering an eight-hour basic self-defense course designed to instruct women on ways to protect themselves in the event of an attack. The class will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., on June 9, 11, 16 and 18 in the Fitness Center dance studio, located on campus at the intersection of Royston Road and Sorters Road. All women, ages 14 and older, are encouraged to attend.
The evening news and the local papers remind us that robberies, carjackings and random acts of violence occur every day. Women are particularly vulnerable. Some of that vulnerability is due to naiveté that they could become a victim, or that they have never been taught ways to defend themselves.
In as few as eight hours, a woman can learn fundamental self-defense strategies as well as increase her awareness of potentially dangerous and avoidable situations. Dr. Chris Martin, an expert in the martial arts, will instruct the class. Included will be discussions of different scenarios that may call for defensive action or flight. Raising awareness of these situations may also help women avoid them.
Home safety is another topic covered in the class. Many homeowners have security systems in place but unfortunately they are seldom activated. Even without a security system, there are other steps homeowners can take to help protect against break-ins.
Attire for the class is casual and comfortable. Tennis shoes are highly recommended. Students are encouraged to bring a bottle of water to the class as well. Cost for the class is $47; seniors 60 and older receive a 20 percent discount. There is a one-time $20 registration fee for first-time Continuing Education students. Parking is available in the lots adjacent to the tennis courts off Sorters Road. To register, call the Lone Star-Kingwood Continuing Education department at 281.312.1660.
Plans are underway to offer this class again in July and August. If you are not able to attend the June session, please ask to have your name added to a list for a future class. For more information, contact Diane Blanco, director of the Women’s Center, at 281.318.4332 or email Diane.K.Blanco@Lonestar.edu.
Register now for credit classes online through myLoneStar. Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. For more information on how to register online, visit www.lonestar.edu/registration. For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm.
Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.