More self-defense classes for women to be offered in January

The Baton Rouge Police Department is offering another round of self-defense classes for women after the popular sessions were filled to capacity in November and December.

The Equalizer Self-Defense classes will begin on Jan. 6 or Jan. 7, and continue on Jan. 8, Jan. 13 and Jan. 15. All classes are from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Baton Rouge Police Department’s new Training Academy in the old Women’s Hospital, 9050 Airline Highway, Cpl. Don Coppola Jr. said. The academy is in the building behind the parking garage.

Coppola said class instructors have talked about holding classes regularly depending on their schedule because of the popularity, but he is not sure what the regular schedule will be.

The classes are open to women over 13 years of age and are free to attend, however women must attend all four classes to graduate.

Participants will learn grab, head-lock, bear hug and knife defenses as well as defensive striking and ways to reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

Instructors ask that women wear comfortable clothing.

Class sizes are limited so women are urged to sign up early by calling the Training Academy at (225) 389-3886.

Coppola said the previous classes were limited to 50 women per session, but he is not sure how many will be let into the new session.