Pellissippi State offers fitness and personal safety classes

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From sessions with a personal trainer to self-defense for women, Pellissippi State Community College is offering an array of non-credit fitness and personal safety classes this fall. The selection, provided by Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division, includes the following:

Women’s Self-Defense Seminar Level 1”—Saturday, Oct. 20, 2-5 p.m.; $40. This new course is the first in a series of three. Open to females ages 14 and up, the three-hour class covers the basics, including dealing with attacks in parking lots, garages and other sites where it is imperative that a potential victim not be taken to a secondary location.

Jujitsu”—Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 25-Dec. 18 (No class Nov. 22), 5:30-6:30 p.m.; $75. Suitable for any skill level and age, this 15-session course provides in-depth training in both ground and standing joint locks, chokes, and striking. Students may choose to specialize their training in one or more of these areas.

Karate”—Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 25-Dec. 18 (No class Nov. 22), 6:30-8 p.m.; $100. The course includes 22.5 hours of instruction in isshinryu karate, jujitsu and self-defense. Participants may choose to specialize their training in one or more of these areas. Classes are suitable for any skill level and age.

Refuse to Be a Victim®”—Friday, Nov. 2, 6-10 p.m.; $39, plus $6 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class. Started in 1993, this National Rifle Association program teaches men and women the skills to prepare their own crime prevention and personal safety strategies. Topics include safety at home, in automobiles, and during travel; safety when using the phone and Internet; and fraud prevention.

Zumba Fitness®”—Mondays, Nov. 5-Dec. 10, 5:45-6:45 p.m.; $45. This Latin-inspired dance fitness program blends international music created by Grammy Award–winning producers with contagious steps to form a “fitness party.” A certified Zumba Fitness® instructor leads participants in a dynamic, fun and effective option for exercise.

Personal Training for Fitness”—Six one-hour sessions with dates and times to be determined by student and trainer; $270 for one participant, $150 each for two participants, $120 each for three or more participants. This new class allows students to discover the benefits of working with a certified personal trainer in a one-on-one or small-group setting. From fitness novices to exercise experts, students receive a customized workout plan.

All courses listed take place at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus.

Non-credit courses also are currently being offered by Pellissippi State in Blount County. For information or registration, visit or call (865) 539-7167. The BCS website lists updated class schedules and information on new course offerings.