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Here's How to Take A Free Women's Self Defense Class This Weekend!

Shout out to Kelly Herron

March 1, 2018

Over the last year, we've all seen the story of Kelly Herron - the jogger who was attacked in broad daylight running through Golden Gardens Park. She was grabbed, pulled into a bathroom, and attacked. With an admirable amount of tenacity best described by her battle cry "NOT TODAY, MOTHER ******", she fought back. Kelly saved her own life armed with adrenaline and just a couple hours of training from a self-defense class her work provided.

KING 5 ran a segment on Kelly this week, a year after surviving the attack, and she's determined to turn her story into success for other women. She wants to be the catalyst, wants to inspire women to learn how to protect themselves. Kelly and KING 5 contacted martial arts and self-defense studios around Puget Sound to set up free classes this weekend.

As someone who does Kempo Karate, I'll tell you, it's effective, empowering, and a crazy workout - even just a couple hours can be a huge difference as Kelly has shown us. 

KING 5 put together the following list of participating locations - take the first step today!

Sign up in advance at the facility of your choice.

Z Ultimate Self Defense Studios: March 3, 1 p.m. Contact: (425) 688-7888; Sign up on Facebook

Z Ultimate Self Defense Studios: March 3, 4 p.m. Contact: (253) 854-5056; Sign up on Facebook

Z Ultimate Self Defense Studios: March 3, 12 p.m. Contact: (425) 827-2402; Sign up on Facebook

Mercer Island
Z Ultimate Self Defense Studios: March 3, 12:30 p.m. Contact: (206) 232-2723; Sign up on Facebook

Mount Vernon
PNMAA: March 3, 1:30 p.m. Contact: Jeannette Shea, (360) 630-1472

Z Ultimate Self Defense Studios: March 3, 12 p.m. Contact: (425) 556-9170; Sign up on Facebook

Macabee Martial Arts (Junhong Kung Fu Club, 5004 South Genessee Street): March 10, 3-5 p.m. Contact: Kim Bowman (206) 979-0459

Strategic Living: March 3, 5:30 p.m. Contact: Joanne Factor, (206) 920-8882; Register on Eventbrite

Z Ultimate Self Defense Studios (Ballard): March 3, 12 p.m. Contact: (206) 724-0177; Sign up on Facebook

WA Aiki Dojo: March 6, 6:30 p.m. Contact: Jim Eggleston, (253) 468-7668

Fun story, Kelly was my date to Endfest 17 (the final Endfest RIP) because she won a contest from some now dead dating website sponsor. Off and on over the years, we've stayed in touch on Facebook etc. To see her story blow up, even at a distance, I couldn't be happier to see her respond with power and determination to help others. She's quite the lady.

I workout at one of these dojos (Z Ultimate Mercer Island - Sensei's Rachel, Daniel, Loraine, Derek, Anna, Sue, and my pal Sensei Steve are the best). They in no way asked me to do this or gave me anything in return. I just believe in the idea that with knowledge of physical self-defense you can stay safer.

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