Not many people do and that’s why the West Chester Township Police Department is offering a self-defense class next month that would address those and other situations.
“We tell people talking about self-defense is smart,’’ said Michelle Berling, one of three instructors.
The ‘smart’ Berling talks about is the basis of the program. Each letter stands for a lesson in the newly revamped program.
S, self confidence: “It’s how they carry themselves,” Berling said.
M, mental preparedness: “It’s a mindset, plan ahead of time,” Berling said. “Get your mind ready.”
A, awareness: “Keep aware of your surroundings – people who get too close, people who make you uncomfortable,” Berling said.
R, run away: “Don’t confront someone, get away if you can,” Berling said.
T, take action: “Run, call 9-1-1, defend yourself, just do something,’’ Berling said. “We teach people the target strike areas you would need to hit – eyes, throat and groin.”
There is no cost for the class, which fills up fast. The next class that has available spots runs from 6-8 p.m., March 19, at the West Chester Township police station, 9577 Beckett Road.
Berling said those who already have a group can make arrangements to come to the police department for a class targeted to their group.