Pellissippi State hosts self-defense classes for women

Pellissippi State Community College will offer two non-credit self-defense classes for women and teens in September and October.

Women’s Basic Self-Defense is open to women and teens ages 13 and up. Participants will follow the Women’s Self-Defense Institute Girls on Guard program, which teaches how to use the whole body in self-defense maneuvers. Participants also will learn how to quickly identify potential predators and the common lures such a predator might use.

Class dates and times are 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Sept. 10, or Saturday, Oct. 29. Cost of the course is $40.

The Girls on Guard: Six-Week Women’s Self Defense Course is open to women and teens over age 14. Participants will learn advanced self-protection skills geared specifically for women, as practiced in the Girls on Guard program from the Women’s Self-Defense Institute. In this course, participants will learn and practice self-defense techniques with a real person, especially how to escape from a potential predator.

Instructors will discuss internet, workplace and dating safety as well as basic awareness techniques and appropriate responses to threatening situations. Class times are 7-8:30 p.m., Thursdays from Sept. 15 to Oct. 20. Cost of the course is $89.

Both courses are offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services division, which offers workforce development, customized skills training and personalized, non-credit courses. For more information or to register for these courses, visit or call 865-539-7167.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability for these courses, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or


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