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Explaining the ABCs of self-protection

It seems the most powerful move you make in self-protection comes before you find yourself in a dangerous situation.

“We teach what we call the ‘ABCs’ of self-protection,” says Patrick Overbey, owner of Master Overbey’s Martial Arts.

Patrick Overbey

‘A’ stands for ‘avoid,’ ‘B’ stands for ‘be aware,’ and ‘C’ stands for ‘communicate with confidence.’

“Avoid is just basically use common sense,” Overbey said. “Avoid, like you wouldn’t go to a crime-ridden part of town or go jogging by yourself in the middle of the night.”

He says to keep an eye on your surroundings and who might be approaching you. If you start to feel uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to call police.

“If something happens, if you get confronted, then we’re beyond the prevention part, and you have to be able to take action,” Overbey said.

Overbey says having some basic self-defense moves in your back pocket can buy you time, like breaking a wrist-lock, or learning the easiest target spots to hit on an attacker: the nose, neck, eyes, and ears.

Besides self-defense building confidence, martial arts can also help you get in the best shape of your life.

Master Overbey’s Martial Arts will be holding a free women’s self-defense seminar on November 16, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM at their facility at 3722 SW Burlingame Rd. in Topeka. For more information, check out the website at www.masteroverbey.com, or visit them on facebook. You can also give them a call at 785-273-9988.

–Lee Hartman | Metro Voice

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