KINGSTON, N.Y. – A local sheriff's office has teamed up with a karate academy to offer a special 2-hour women's self-defense and safety workshop.
The workshop is free and available to all women living in Ulster County due to a joint effort by the sheriff's office and Keith Bennett's Karate Academy.
"This workshop is not designated to be a substitute for more formal and extended martial arts training. It's an opportunity for women to learn some valuable life skills that can help women avoid potentially dangerous situations and know what to do should they find themselves in difficult circumstances. The skills available in this workshop can help keep people safe and help us be more effective in protecting our community," said Sheriff VanBlarcum.
"This program I perfect for women who may be nervous or ill at ease about taking martial arts classes, which require more commitment. This workshop offers a low stress environment where women can come together to enjoy physical activity, learn how to be more aware of their surroundings and enhance their self-confidence and personal safety," said Keith Bennett, owner and director of KBKA.
The event will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Ulster County law Enforcement Center located at 380 Blvd. in Kingston.