LFCC Offers Personal Self-Defense Classes for Children to Adults

For Immediate Release:
July 19, 2007

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]
Phone: 540-868-7134

MIDDLETOWN, Va. – According the to Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Crime Information Center (NCIC), the number of missing persons reported to law enforcement has increased from 154,341 in 1982 to 876,213 in 2000, an increase of 468 percent. Of the 876,213 persons reported missing, 85 to 90 percent were juveniles, persons under 18 years of age. That means that 2,100 times per day, parents or primary caregivers felt the disappearance was serious enough to call law enforcement.

In response to numerous requests for self-defense training, the Office of Workforce Solutions and Continuing Education at Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is offering four new self-defense courses during the fall 2007 semester.

“Today, families need to be proactive and make safety a priority,” said Catherine Vandermer, coordinator of business and industry training at LFCC. “We are offering hands-on classes for every age and every skill level.”

Information about the various classes is as follows:

  • Family Self-Defense Seminar – This seminar features one-hour workshops designed for the whole family—children ages 4-7 and 7-10, women and men. Learn how to prevent attacks, respond if attacked, prevent home invasions and keep children safe online. The seminar will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Boyce Martial Arts in Winchester. In addition to learning how to keep your family safe, enjoy family-friendly activities such as face painting, fire truck tours, a moon bounce and much more. The cost is $25 per workshop. Sign up for four workshops and get one free.
  • TEENSAFE® – This seminar is a personal self-defense class for young adults—perfect for high school seniors and college freshmen. During the class, teens will learn to enhance awareness to prevent attacks, to identify and deal with aggressive behaviors, the STUN & RUN® Philosophy and to practice highly effective escape techniques. The class will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at LFCC’s Middletown Campus. The cost of the class is $49.
  • CDT® Compliance, Direction and Takedown – This seminar is designed for security professionals who want to learn non-lethal self-defense tactics. During the class, attendees will learn about the proper use of force, insertion points and clothing restraints, diffusion and escape techniques, team escort and takedown techniques and third-party entry techniques. The class will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at LFCC’s Middletown Campus. The cost of the class is $139.
  • TRAINING for LIFE® – This seminar is a personal self-defense class for adults. During the class, attendees will learn to enhance awareness to prevent attacks, identify and deal with aggressive behaviors, the STUN & RUN® Philosophy, to handle situations on the ground and practice highly effective escape techniques. The class will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 12 and 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at LFCC’s Middletown Campus. The cost of the class is $69.

For more information or to register, interested individuals may visit http://www.LFCCWorkforce.com or call (540) 868-7021.

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Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.

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