Richmond Heights Police Department offers free self-defense course – News-Herald

The Richmond Heights Police Department will host a self-defense course aimed at helping women and children in crisis.

“It’s designed for women and children,” said Richmond Heights Police Chief Thomas Wetzel. “We teach them some basic defensive techniques and some awareness tactics too. Some of the best advice we can give is to simply avoid danger all together, so we give safety tips to be aware of your surroundings. But we also teach them types of punches and kicks to defend themselves.

Wetzel thinks it’s good for everyone to learn self-defense.

“It’s important because you never know,” Wetzel said. “Not only does it give someone the assurance that they know certain things and, God forbid, someone is trying to do something, they can react in a certain way…

“Sometimes under stress you will only remember what you have been trained to remember.”

Wetzel said this self-defense class can be a gateway for someone who wants to study other martial arts.

“It also encourages people to get out there and find out more,” Wetzel said. “People can go out and learn jujitsu or another martial art to defend themselves.”

The class will also give advice regarding the use of mace and other non-lethal weapons for defensive purposes.

The free class will be held from 7-8:15 p.m. on July 11 at Kiwanis Lodge, 27285 Highland Road. Contact Stephanie at the Richmond Heights Police Department at 216-383-6305 with any questions.

Kristen T. Prall