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Self-defense class offered to juniors and senior girls

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Nevada Fitness and Aerobics is sponsoring an awareness-level self-defense course for high school junior and senior women. All proceeds will benefit Douglas County Search and Rescue.

You’ve saved for years to send your daughter away to college. Since she was a little girl, you’ve made sure she ate right, exercised and learned how to study. You’ve attended countless recitals, games and programs. You’ve filled out piles of paperwork and made sure she was properly supervised. She’s had the right clothes, good friends and is a confident and beautiful product of your parenting.

But is she ready for college?

“Call it date rape, acquaintance rape, drunken mistakes, whatever you wish, but she won’t be surrounded by nice people from Douglas County anymore. Small town girls on big city campuses are among the most vulnerable to a crime so commonplace, it no longer captures anyone’s attention. That is, until it’s your daughter,” said Diane Ortenzio-Cooling of Douglas County Search and Rescue.

Each four-hour class will focus on effective ways to recognize and avoid dangerous situations, staying safe on campus, and practical defensive skills.

“Women with skills of discernment, self-defense and self-awareness will thrive in the college environment,” Ortenzio-Cooling said.

Ortenzio-Cooling is a member of Search and Rescue and a fifth degree blackbelt in Isshin-Ryu Karate. She will teach the course. She offers 20 years of experience in martial arts and self-defense skills and applications, and has been a martial arts instructor for the past 17 years. She is also an active national competitor, having won over 80 championships.

The course will be offered on two dates, July 25 and Aug. 1, from 1-5 p.m. Class size is limited to 25 participants, so call her at 782-4550 to register. Cost is $15, payable at the door.