Self-de­fense course for women be­gin­ning in Span­ish Fork

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Ed Helmick

Just don’t freeze up, re­spond with con­fi­denceto a threat is the ad­vice of a new pro­gram be­ing of­fered for women in our com­mu­nity. This pro­gram is the re­sult of ac­tual events in the life of Karen Knudsen, who has be­come an amaz­ingly pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cate and in­struc­tor of teach­ing women to de­fend them­selves. The threat may be an abu­sive re­la­tion­ship, a date gone time. Peo­ple of all ages and all tal­ents are bad or a stranger in a dark park­ing lot. en­cour­aged to au­di­tion in­clud­ing groups, Karen teaches her stu­dents to stand up for fam­i­lies, so­los, mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, them­selves emo­tion­ally and phys­i­cally. It dance, sing­ing, gym­nas­tics, mar­tial arts sounds like sur­vival skills for the com­mon and even whistling. woman.

Per­form­ers are also be­ing sought for Karen’s first hus­band was dom­i­nat­ing, the UAMPS stage, which will be set up ag­gres­sive, abu­sive and ul­ti­mately dan­ger­ous. dur­ing Art City Days on Fri­day, June The abu­sive be­hav­ior ended with 9, and Satur­day, June 10. If in­ter­ested, Karen re­ceiv­ing blood clots in the brain please call Ginny at 801-489-4994. While and los­ing her eye­sight for a short pe­riod there is no fi­nan­cial com­pen­sa­tion for of time. Years af­ter the dra­matic events of ei­ther of th­ese op­por­tu­ni­ties to per­form, her first mar­riage, her sec­ond hus­band - to those par­tic­i­pat­ing will have lots of fun whom she was hap­pily mar­ried - rec­og­nized and an op­por­tu­nity to show­case their that she was still walk­ing around in won­der­ful tal­ents. fear. That’s when he sug­gested a pro­gram taught by Of­fi­cers Josh Hasen and Jon Ro­chette of the Orem Po­lice De­part­ment.

Of­fi­cer Ro­chette (now re­tired) was so im­pressed with Karen’s per­sonal com­mit­ment to help girls and women learn to pro­tect them­selves that he asked her to par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gram by help­ing out as an in­struc­tor. Hav­ing been beaten up phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally, she un­der­stands the fear women have to live with. This is now a per­sonal cru­sade for Karen Knudsen and she is do­ing a mar­velous job at it.

The first step in the process is to de­velop self-es­teem and self con­fi­dence. With the trau­matic his­tory of some of the women at­tend­ing the class, this can be a chal­lenge. Karen says the re­sult­ing trans­for­ma­tion into the world of the pos­i­tive is in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing to wit­ness. Next is de­vel­op­ing an aware­ness of your sur­round­ings. This is fol­lowed by learn­ing the tech­niques and strate­gies of avoid­ing close con­tact. Fi­nally, what to do about var­i­ous sce­nar­ios of un­wanted con­tact is ad­dressed, in­clud­ing the most dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion of find­ing your­self on the ground.

Af­ter help­ing out with the women’s self de­fense pro­gram at the Orem Po­lice De­part­ment for the past two years, Karen has moved to Span­ish Fork and will help start a pro­gram at the Span­ish Fork Po­lice De­part­ment. The Span­ish Fork Women’s Self De­fense class will meet once a week for six weeks from 7 to 9 p.m. be­gin­ning Wed­nes­day, April 5. The class is open to girls and women ages 15 and older. There is a fee of $50 for the class.

For more in­for­ma­tion, look up the Span­ish Fork Women’s Self De­fense Face­book Page or call Karen at 801-404-6546.

Karen Knudsen

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