Jamie Sparling, Wausau’s YWCA Head Mentor Martial Arts Instructor, isn’t alone in his fight to better protect the residents in his community.
Joining Sparling in better preparing Wausau for self-defense purposes, resident Theresa Napiwocki has started an organization of her own.
The organization, Women Empowered, held its first class in October and will hold its second class Saturday in Wausau.
Napiwocki, who works at Surgical Associates in Wausau, and her husband have used about $8,000 of their own money to get the organization started. It’s in the process of getting certified as a nonprofit so it can accept donations, she said.
“If I can help prevent one tragedy, one kidnapping, one rape, then I’ve done what I set out to do,” Napiwocki told the Wausau Daily Herald.
The class, which Napiwocki would like to expand to other major areas of Wisconsin later this year, “will include segments on self-defense with full-contact practice, bar safety, bank safety and finish with kickboxing,” according to the Herald.
Similar to Sparling’s class at the YWCA, Napiwocki said she wants to help prepare participants in the class for any situation.
While Napiwocki’s first class saw 18 participants, Saturday’s class in Wausau currently has no registrants. If no one is registered by Thursday, it will be canceled.
The class is being held at the Plaza Hotel & Suites, located at 201 N. First Ave., Wausau, on Saturday, April 5. Registration will be open from 9-9:30 a.m. with the class running from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The class is $35 for adults and $20 for high school and college students. For more information or to register, call Theresa Napiwocki at 715-572-9405.