Nearly 50 women and teenage girls turned out on Thursday evening for a self-defense and self-awareness class that was co-sponsored by State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) and J.P. Wood Martial Arts America.
Held at the Woods studio in Palatine, participants learned valuable techniques about where to hit an attacker, how to release a hold, and methods to improve awareness and avoid potential attacks. “Our turnout surpassed what we were expecting, which tells me that this type of class is being very well-received by the people in the community,” said Morrison. “I believe everyone left with a better understanding of how to protect themselves during potentially dangerous situations. I would be happy to make this an annual event in the 54th District.”
While the class was free, donations were taken at the door to benefit WINGS, a local organization supporting women and children fleeing domestic violence situations. “We raised $400 for WINGS, and that money will be put to good use right here in Palatine,” Morrison said.