Self-defense program class held

LaSalle Parish Sheriff Deputy Jenny Parker leads female attendees of all ages in a self-defense class from defensive stance to throwing a punch or kicking during a free self-defense program offered by the LPSO at Tumble Time in Jena last week. The class – taught by Parker and fellow deputy Daryl Husbands – consists of basic knowledge concerning how to be safer and more aware when shopping, traveling and at home and learning basic personal defense techniques. Husbands and Parker have over 30 years of self-defense teaching experience between them, both starting out as a certified instructor with a nationally known program. “Only you can take responsibility of protecting yourself from becoming a victim,” Parker said. “Through the self-defense class we hope to give you the tools to be more aware, so you can reduce the possibility of becoming a victim or if the situation calls for it you will be able to protect yourself.”

LaSalle Parish Sheriff Deputy Jenny Parker demonstrates an arm strike on fellow deputy Daryl Husbands during a free self-defense program offered by the LPSO to women of LaSalle Parish at Tumble Time in Jena last week. The goal of the “4 A’s of Personal Defense” Program – taught by Parker and Husbands – is to create an educational opportunity for participants to become more aware of their surroundings and avoid or defend against a potential attack. “We need to accept the fact we live in a dangerous and violent world. And even in our small community, there is still crime,” Parker said. “We shouldn’t take for granted that because we live in a small town we will never become victims. This is a naïve and irresponsible way to live.”