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Women's self defense class focuses on news reports to know attack styles

A local self defense class is teaching women how to defend against some of the most common attacks.

EUGENE, Ore. - A local self defense class is teaching women how to defend against some of the most common attacks.

For these women who are attending the class, it was a news headline that encouraged them to get into self defense. Those who are at the "Women Empowered" class that is held at McKenzie Martial Arts are getting help to defend themselves based on common scenarios you hear in the news.

This group of women and girls is learning to defend themselves against whatever may come their way.

"One of the teammates on a soccer team, they almost got kidnapped," said Aria Soria. "So we started to take this self defense class just to be aware of our surroundings."

Soria and others are taking the class because it has a different approach than most classes.

"We don't go over the million different things that could happen in martial arts, it's what's most common," said Adam Roberts, with McKenzie Martial Arts. "Another thing that makes it unique is that we take things that we see in our local news and we add that into our lesson plan."

Roberts says that the most common attacks range from being grabbed to being pinned to the ground by a weapon-barring assailant.

"We never talk about how you win a fight against somebody bigger and stronger -- our goal is to survive," said Roberts.

The class teaches leverage, technique and timing, so anyone, regardless of age or athletic ability, can make them work against larger opponents.

"I like the feeling of being a strong woman in general, so that's what keeps me coming back," said Angela Fendley.

The class meets every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at McKenzie Martial Arts on 11th Avenue in Eugene. For more information, you can visit their website here.

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