The Orangeburg County YMCA in South Carolina has announced plans to offer a self-defense seminar designed specifically for women.

According to the Times and Democrat, the seminar will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4 and 11 from noon to 3 p.m. The instructor is John Bates, an instructor with over three decades of martial arts training.

Bates will teach students a variety of “street-effective self-defense based on mental techniques and physical principles that can be learned quickly and retained easily,” the flyer reads. In other words, if you want to learn how to escape a potentially dangerous situation, this is the class to take.

“According to a recent survey conducted by the Department of Justice, nearly 52 percent of women have been the victim of some form of assault,” the flyer continues. “Preparing yourself mentally and physically can reduce your chance of being a victim.”

To sign up for the women’s self-defense class — which is suitable for any level of fitness — simply go to the front desk of the Orangeburg County YMCA. The cost is free for YMCA members and the class is open to women aged 16 years and older.

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