The Lincoln Self Defense Program provides participants with realistic, instinct-based and effective strategies for countering an attack regardless of size or physical strength. The purpose is not to learn to stay and fight an attacker, but to reestablish safety as quickly as possible by creating an opportunity to escape and get help.
The course is taught in two three-hour blocks. The first day participants are introduced to and practice both verbal and physical defensive techniques. Since no attack is identical, the goal is to give the participants options and ideas for dealing with a range of situations. There is also an educational component where general safety, party safety, and acquaintance rape are discussed. The class is designed to be flexible, and participants are encouraged to express their questions and concerns.
On the final day participants take part in a number of escalating attack simulations where they are verbally and/or physically “assaulted” and need to escape. These simulations allow students the opportunity to practice techniques they learned the on first day and, just as importantly, to discover their own instincts for fending off an attack.
While Self Defense classes are incredibly empowering, they can also be emotionally difficult, especially for women who have experienced or witnessed physical or sexual assaults. Our staff works to create a fun, safe and relaxed environment where all students are able to participate comfortably.
During the winter and spring we will offer three sessions of Self Defense at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. Classes are free, but you must pre-register. Please contact Jena Salon (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
These classes are offered through a collaboration of the Lincoln Police Department and Domestic Violence Services Network thanks to the generosity of the Ogden Codman Trust.