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A new women’s self-defense class in Brewer, Maine is designed to equip students with the tools to help get them out of potentially dangerous situations.

“I’m not going to teach you how to fight,” instructor Candice Kiefer told WABI. “What I’m teaching them and what’s attainable is to develop an opportunity to escape, to disrupt the attack.”

Attendees will learn a number of different techniques, from cognizant purse-carrying to balance stances and heel strikes.

“Another thing I really stress in the class here is for women to find their voice, to know when to say “no;” To use that voice as a tool to disrupt a possible confrontation,” Kiefer said.

One of the most important elements of the class is learning situational awareness.

“I learned how to be more aware of my surroundings and how to protect myself in situations when you’re supposed to protect yourself or when you’re just supposed to try to avoid confrontation,” says Reilly Bolin, who attended the workshop.

“More than likely you’re not involved in a confrontation because as a result of taking a self defense class or studying a martial art or something to increase your awareness that you’ve actually avoided more than you would if you walk around with blinders on,” Kiefer said. “The best defense is prepared offense and that’s an awareness.”

To learn more about these self-defense workshops for women, email Candice at

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