Self Defense for Women

Saturday, September 2410:00 AM—12:00 PMLibraryTOHP Burnham 30 Martin St, Essex, MA, 01929


This free, 2 hour class for high school students and adults  is taught by John Kotch, a black belt instructor in Isshin-Ryu Karate The class is designed for women to learn how to protect themselves when faced with uncomfortable situations and how to avoid them in the first place.  The instruction will include techniques used in Isshin-Ryu karate (known as a street, self-defense style based upon survival tactics) as well as those utilized by various martial arts styles, military and law enforcement personnel. The following will be covered: improving self-awareness; hand and foot techniques; hold-breaks, ground techniques and basic weapons defense. 

 Participants are encouraged to practice the techniques demonstrated, but are also welcome to simply observe if they prefer.


  • The class will be held outdoors on the Library Lawn. Rain date is Saturday, October 1st. 
  • All participants must sign a waiver/release form. All those under the age of 18 must have their form signed by a parent or guardian. The forms will be available at the event. 

Capacity: 16 of 25 spaces available.

Note: Registering more attendees than spaces available will automatically place your attendees on this event's wait list.

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