Dodge City Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu organization held a self-defense class for students at Dodge City High School on Thursday.

The Dodge City Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (DCBJJ) organization recently held a self-defense class for students at Dodge City High School. 

The class was offered during the students open period on Thursday. During the session, students learned defense techniques such as proper ways to fall, how to escape a bear hug and how to get up safely.

“I think it’s very important, especially in this day and age, to make sure that kids know how to protect themselves in practical matters,” said Mike Albert, head instructor at DC Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. “Also it helps them learn ways to stop bullying and helps them realize how to actually physically protect themselves.”

Albert, who is also an investigator with the Ford County Sheriff’s Office, stated that this program will give students the confidence to defend themselves in any given situation.

“If they continue with it, I think it will give them a lot more confidence in whatever they’re going to do,” he said. “If you can build the confidence to protect yourself then you can always keep growing in that.”

On top of the students protection, DCBJJ is also concerned with the safety of the teachers. In April, DCBJJ will hold after-school self-defense sessions for teachers.

“It’s free to all the teachers,” said Albert. “We just do it for law enforcement and for my business of the Dodge City Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu just to get the information out there to let people learn how to protect themselves in a practical manner.”

In addition, DCBJJ offers a 3-hour women’s self-defense class to the community. The sessions are held at the gym across from Kitchens Inc. for a minimal fee of $10.

For more information on the self-defense classes offered through DCBJJ, contact 620-789-1524 or email dodgecitybjj@gmail.com.

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