The St. Bernard Parish Karate Program has added A new adult self-defense class was added to the St. Bernard Parish Karate weekly program. The class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Hannan sports center in Meraux. “This class will be a practical self-defense class designed to teach people how to protect themselves,” said Darrell Goodyear, instructor for the St. Bernard Parish Karate Program. “The world is getting rougher, and it’s important for people to know how to defend themselves.”
The class is open to people ages 16 and older. It includes how to protect yourself against both single and multiple attackers as well as learning defense techniques against guns and knives. Participants will also learn basic karate blocks, strikes and kicks. Even though the primary emphasis in the class is on practical self-defense, Goodyear said there will also be opportunities to advance through the traditional belt ranking system for those who are interested.
Goodyear is a former law enforcement self-defense instructor, and he has been teaching Shotokan karate for 45 years. “I think more adults are becoming interested in self-defense today, and the St. Bernard Parish Karate Program wants to help meet that need,” Goodyear said. The St. Bernard Parish Karate Program also offers traditional Shotokan karate classes for children and teens ages 6 to 16. Classes are held Monday through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Hannan sports center.
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