Self-defense class benefits Summit County nonprofit |

Self-defense class benefits Summit County nonprofit

Jessica Smith
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Daily file photoSean Cavins, of Sahn Tae Kwon Do, demonstrates self-defense techniques with Cathy Luc at the Breckenridge Recreation Center in a 2010 class.

Senior master instructor Sean Cavins from Sahn Tae Kwon Do is offering self-defense classes for women for the fith year in a row at the Breckenridge Recreation Center tomorrow.

Proceeds from the class will benefit Advocates for Victims of Assault, a local nonprofit that supports victims of domestic violence. Tracey Roach, a board member for the group, had the idea of offering self-defense classes. She’s been practicing tae kwon do with Cavins for 18 years.

“I thought it made sense with the Advocates for women to be more empowered, to keep themselves out of a situation, or if there is a situation, they feel more comfortable handling it,” she said. “I think it is going to benefit anybody about awareness. And that’s what it’s more about – awareness rather than punching and kicking anybody.”

Cavins has been training in martial arts, specifically tae kwon do, for the past 43 years. With the help of his female instructors, he plans to teach basic self-defense moves to women of all ages.

“First, I give a talk about safety tips and awareness tips, because all that brings your percentage of being a victim down,” Cavins said. “Then we get into physical techniques.”

The moves he teaches are ones that anyone can learn, he insists, because they use gross motor skills, which are movements that people use in everyday life.

“We take those motions that all of us already know and we tweak them so that they work for us in a self-defense siutation,” Cavins said. “Anybody that comes will walk out of there remembering everything they learned.”

The goal, he said, is to make the training as simple and understandable as possible – unlike the fine motor skills training needed for martial arts like tae kwon do.

“It’s not like you have to learn 500 techniques,” he explained. “You get half a dozen and they’ll work in multiple situations.”

The class will take place at the recreation center from 7-9 p.m. There is no set cost for the class, though a donation of $20 is suggested.

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