Free Knowledge for Women's Protection

AUGUST 25, 2006 -- POSTED AT 9:00 P.M. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- It's free knowledge to protect yourself and you can get it right here at home. It's a women's self defense class from Joey Perry's Martial Arts Academy in Jonesboro. Once a month a free course is offered for any woman interested in learning about self defense, something Joey Perry, the owner and instructor, says is extremely important to have.

"Whether you're walking out of Wal-Mart or the mall, maybe you're by yourself, maybe you're in your car at your home, and you never know what could happen. So you should always at least be aware of what could happen and how to prevent things from happening," says Perry.

After teaching this for nearly a decade, Perry says awareness is the best thing they can teach women.

"What to do when you're home alone, what to do when you're in your car by yourself, what to do if somebody's approaching you or if you're at a party or a function and you're really uncomfortable, those are really the top things that we cover because those are all prevention issues," says Perry.

Since they've given the course for several years now, they have started to get feedback from women.

"We have a lot of ladies that come back and do it ongoing. We have had some feedback from women in the community that say I was walking in the parking lot by myself and somebody was following too close and they have said that they've used the strategies," says Perry.

It's worked for some; it most likely can work for you.

"This is absolutely free. They can come and stay for the whole session or they can leave early, but as long as they're coming in and getting some of that knowledge and getting that awareness. It's really important. It certainly can't hurt," says Perry.

The free class is offered once a month on Thursday nights at 7:30p.m.

To take the class, contact the Joey Perry Martial Arts Academy at 870-910-3903.

Women's Self Defense Classes Remaining in 2006:

August 31

September 28

October 26

November 30