Radford instructors offering free self-defense classes for women

New River Valley News

RADFORD, Va. (WFXR) — Two self-defense instructors in Radford are hoping to teach more women to protect themselves.

Sunday, July 11 was their first day back to teaching the classes at the Radford Recreation Center. The classes were stopped last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Megan McAllister and David Trail have been instructing the course since 2018. Since then, they have received the support of the AWARE Foundation and the Radford City Police Department, where Trail formerly worked as a detective.

The classes are held once a week at 2 p.m. and are completely free.

“I, myself, have experienced domestic violence and when I started coming to this class as a student back in 2018, I was completely oblivious to how to protect myself in a situation like that,” said McAllister. “But thanks to Dave and the things that he’s taught me, I feel like I am able to handle something if it were to happen. I’m hoping we can pass that on to others as well.”

Classes consist of learning how to handle a variety of situations including basic self-defense. The instructors recommend taking more than one class and practicing at home.

They’re available to travel to groups, organizations, and churches for additional training.

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