Navy Marine Corps Relief Society volunteers take a self-defense class at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., June 10, 2014. The volunteers learned basic techniques that would help them defend themselves in adverse situations. Instructors from Premier Martial Arts located in Havelock, N.C, taught the volunteers counter-defense techniques to moves like a bear hug, choke from the front and rear choke. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Unique B. Roberts)

Representatives from Premier Martial Arts traveled to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. on June 10 to teach basic self-defense techniques to volunteers with the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society.

Volunteers were taught how to execute various self-defense maneuvers, as well as the importance of defending themselves and gauging which techniques would be useful in the event of unexpected danger, the Marines said in a statement.

“The purpose of self-defense classes is to spread awareness and provide knowledge on ways people can protect themselves when a situation arises, when all they have is themselves,” said Ryuji Williams, the manager and chief instructor of Premier Martial Arts, which combines Krav Maga, kickboxing, grappling and kali into one self-defense and fitness program. “Knowing how to protect yourself and being confident no matter what situation you’re in is vital when it comes to protecting you or family members.”

As the Marines’ statement reads, the volunteers were taught counter defense techniques for a bear hug, rear choke and choke from the front.

“One of those techniques are effective in basic situations and I feel like anyone, particularly women, would be able to use the self-defense moves and be able to successfully get away and get help,” said Williams.

Kendra K. Colon, a participant in the class and volunteer for the NMCRS, said this is the first time the volunteers have been taught self-defense techniques.

“It was great,” said Colon. “I think it was a good opportunity to learn so that we are prepared for whatever might happen.”

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