About 60 women ranging in age from 14 to 56 filled the mats at Crosley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy Sept. 28 to learn about sexual assault and rape prevention. Academy staff discussed the three stages of a sexual assault: being identified, being subdued and being taken to the ground. Techniques and strategies to deal with each stage were explained and practiced during the two-hour event.

The primary goal of the class wasn’t to teach the women how to knock out or subdue an attacker, but to heighten their awareness level to avoid being identified as a target and how to break free if they are attacked. The academy plans to schedule similar seminars every six months.

“I am a first-time self-defense student and found the strategies taught by the very patient instructors to be easy to master and very applicable for use on the street in the event that I’m ever confronted with such a situation,” said participant Rhonda Kraeber. “The training facility is first-rate, and the atmosphere was one of friendly encouragement for a lot of us ladies that had never done anything like this before.”

For more information about future events or available classes at the academy, call 925-634-6958 or visit www.crosleygracie.com.

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