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Women’s self-defense returns to Oneida YMCA in October


The Oneida Family YMCA will host a class to help women learn self-defense and build self-confidence, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 701 Seneca St.

American Martial Arts Institute Grandmaster Clifford Crandall, Jr., Headmaster Eric Stalloch, and American Martial Arts Institute staff will present ways for women to protect themselves and others in threatening situations.

The 90-minute class is open to women ages 18 and older and young women ages 16 to 17 (with a registered female legal guardian).

The fee is $30, $20 for YMCA members, and people can register through Oct. 20 at the Oneida Family YMCA.

“We’re bringing the self-defense class back because of the great reviews we received from past participants,” said Oneida YMCA Health and Wellness Coordinator Madison Robinson.

“In addition, returning participants will be separated from the first-time participants during the awareness segment to receive 30 additional minutes of physical training time within the seminar.”

Benefits of the class people list include:

  • Improve awareness of potentially dangerous situations so they can be avoided.

  • Learn how to escape from common assault scenarios such as throat grab and others.

  • Learn punches and kicks that can help you escape.

  • There is no substitute for in-person, qualified instructors.

“The world is constantly changing,” said Stalloch. “We live in a pretty safe community, but crime does happen. We see it in the news every day. What makes the difference is knowledge.”

“The strength of a community is made possible by organizations such as the YMCA,” Stalloch added.

“The YMCA cares for the health, well-being, and safety of others and offers programs like self-defense that meet the needs of so many.”

For more information about this class and other classes offered at the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley, visit its website at

The YMCA welcomes everyone who wishes to participate, regardless of ability to pay.

Financial assistance is available through the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley’s Changing Lives Financial Assistance program. The program provides assistance to youths, adults, and families based on individual needs and circumstances.


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