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Free women's self-defence class offered

Lori O’Connell, head instructor at Pacific Wave Jiu-jitsu, is offering a free class for women to teach them personal protection skills. -
Lori O’Connell, head instructor at Pacific Wave Jiu-jitsu, is offering a free class for women to teach them personal protection skills.
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Pacific Wave Jiu-jitsu is offering a free self-defence class on Dec. 1 to women interested in learning personal protection skills.

Lori O’Connell, school owner and head instructor, said recent assaults on women at University of B.C. and elsewhere prompted her to offer her Self-Defense for Busy Women class at no charge.

O’Connell said she wants to give back to the community by empowering women with a variety of skills.

"The vast majority of assaults on women can be prevented through avoidance and de-escalation strategies, but these start with developing awareness of one’s surroundings and confidence in the way women carry themselves, mentally and physically."

The free session is Sunday, Dec. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Pacific Wave Jiu-jitsu, 140-12811 Clarke Pl. Food and cash donations to the Richmond Food Bank will be accepted from participants. To register, e-mail info@pacificwavejj.com.

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