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Fighting Back and Surviving

April 22, 2019 06:52 PM

It wasn't the kind of class you might expect to find in a community college setting, but it could prove to be a life-saver.

“Attacks can happen anywhere at any time," Madison Sauke said. “It can happen in your home, it can happen in school, it can happen out on the streets."

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Avoiding serious injury or worse could come down to fighting back and doing it the right way.

"I was asked to teach a self-defense seminar here at Riverland Community College," self-defense expert Troy Williams said.

The seminar was offered to Riverland students and staff as part of Sexual Violence Prevention Month.

“The simple things that we teach with TAPS, which stands for Total Attack Protection Skills, is the simplest moves will be the most effective,” Troy Williams explained. “And we target like they eyes, the ears, the throat. If an attacker can't breathe, they can't attack. If they can't see, they can't attack. What I was trying to do with these students was just teach them the simplicity of how the body works and how they can use it as a weapon if needed. Number one, don't stop fighting. Two, breath. And three, yell your commands."

About a dozen students took part in the seminar over the lunch hour Monday at the Riverland library in Austin.

“Hopefully students feel a bit safer about just regular everyday life," the Riverland Student senate’s Madison Sauke said.

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