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MD offers womens self-defense course

A Peace Officer with the MD of Bonnyville is hoping women can take away some valuable lessons from her. MD Peace Officer Rupp is leading a level one women’s self-defence course July 12th in Ardmore. The course is open to all female residents over the age of 12.

Peace Officer Rupp says that while she hopes no one ever has to use the skills she teaches, she hopes some of the lessons will stick in the ladies minds.

“A lot of women in our rural area are quite often home alone with children and (the course) builds their self-confidence and makes them feel safe. Especially with the crime and theft that’s been happening in the community.”

The course is an active one. Students will be required to wear workout gear and running shoes. Peace Officer Rupp couldn’t get into specifics on what will be taught; she says the instruction will teach lessons that could one day save a life.

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“We just do different techniques to show women, if they were in a dangerous situation, how to get themselves out of it.”

Officer Rupp hopes that she’ll see students continue their learning to level two where a variety of training comes into play. The July 12th course in Ardmore is full, but Officer Rupp says more courses could be back in the fall for interested students.

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