As the danger of falling victim to sexual assault remains ever-present, a new women’s self-defense class is being offered at the YMCA in Selma-Dallas County, Alabama.

According to the Selma-Times Journal, the class will be taught by Ashley Gaskins, a self-defense instructor at the YMCA who has been training and competing in mixed martial arts since the age of 19.

“We’re going to start out with things like how to carry yourself, the actual force of your voice, how to insure that you don’t put yourself in a situation where you may be taken advantage of,” Gaskins said. “Then we’re going to go from there on how to defend yourself, so that in a worse case scenario you are able to get away, you are able to create space, you are able to make a phone call or to neutralize a person that’s coming.”

As the Times-Journal reports, Gaskins uses a “no-nonsense,” physical approach to teaching his class.

Indeed, it’s “not about learning what kind of forms or what kind of moves, it’s about you being comfortable, [if someone try’s to attack] you already know what to do, muscle memory kicks in and you know how to get out of that position,” Gaskins said. “The only way for you to learn to do it, and get the proper muscle memory, is to actually do it.”

The class will take place every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m., starting on Oct. 6. It includes six one-hour sessions. Students ages 13 and up can participate. The cost of attendance is $30 for members and $45 for non-members.

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