LANCASTER – In association with the nonprofit organization Team PRIDE, Los Angeles Police Detective Mark Pursel and Taekwondo Master William Robinson will be teaching free interactive self-defense seminars in Lancaster this Saturday, Sept. 27.
A children’s safety seminar will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and a women’s self-defense seminar will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both seminars will take place at ATA Martial Arts, located at 1040 East Avenue K in Lancaster.
The children’s seminar is for boys and girls, ages 6 to 12, and it will cover safety and bully prevention strategies, as well as self-defense and breakaway techniques, according to organizers.
The women’s self-defense seminar is targeted toward females; however, it is open to anyone age 13 and older. Detective Pursel will cover safety and crime prevention strategies, and then Master Robinson will demonstrate basic strikes, kicks, and breakaway techniques. Attendees will receive hands-on experience on how to react in life-threatening scenarios.
“A lot of times people can avoid many kinds of problems and never even have to defend themselves just by being aware of their surroundings and taking basic steps… so I’ll be covering things like that,” Detective Pursel said. “Master Robinson will be covering the worst case scenarios, where someone actually does grab you or tries to take you somewhere, how to break away and use simple, effective self-defense techniques.”
“Safety and awareness training is very important, especially with the holiday season approaching. We’re doing this as a public service to keep people safe,” Pursel added.
Both seminars are free and open to the public, but attendees must pre-register by calling 661-948-5425.