U.S. Taekwondo Center offers unique self-defense courses

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Self-defense and emergency preparedness courses are becoming more common across the nation and one group in Colorado Springs will soon be offering some unique classes to the community. Next week, the U.S. Taekwondo Center will be teaching people a variety of self-defense techniques for several different scenarios.

They said they can teach people of every age and ability how to stay safe in tense situations.

“Unfortunately, there’s a lot of negative things happening in our society, and particularly in our community here in Colorado Springs,” owner, Master Jay Lee said.

Master Lee said they started planning these safety courses after they heard about recent active shooters and home invasions in the city. He said the techniques they teach are what the professionals use.

“It’s a course that’s designed for law enforcement, so I’m the only martial arts school in the country who is currently teaching this to civilians,” Master Lee said.

The course Fox21 got to check out was called the ‘Women’s Awareness Survival Program, and on Saturday, employees with First Bank learned how to protect themselves.

“A lot of people, when they think about women’s self-defense or adult self-defense, they think about all the cliché things like carrying pepper spray, striking to the groin, doing eye gouges, things like that, but we are not that kind of program,” Master Lee said.

He said his class teaches awareness and de-escalation strategies, so you can hopefully prevent an attack before it happens.

“We’re going to teach you how to round a corner safely. We’re going to teach you how to approach your car safely at the end of the evening, and we’re going to teach you to be really aware of your surroundings,” Master Lee said.

“We have a lot of female leaders in our organization, a lot of females just in general, at First Bank and a lot of us enter and exit the bank by ourselves,” said Senior Vice President of First Bank in Colorado Springs Bobbie Moore. “We wanted them to be prepared if they were ever in a situation either on bank time or off bank time if anything ever happened to them.”

But this class, and all the others, are open to everyone who wants to be prepared.

“We want to make sure people are striking with a strategy, not just striking out of emotion and fear,” Master Lee said. “We know in a real life situation, the person who is trying to hurt, harm, or take your life is not going to follow any rules. So we want to make sure we’re providing credible information, and it’s not things that just elite athletes can do. My students range from age 3 and a half to literally 80 years old, so we want to make sure everybody has that type of training.”

“It just empowers you,” Moore said. “It makes you feel if you were ever in a situation where you were a victim, that you don’t have to be a victim.”

Starting this coming Tuesday, the U.S. Taekwondo Center is holding their self-defense and safety week at all of their locations.

Tuesday, Jan. 26th– All classes at Stetson Hills location. (5799 Stetson Hills Blvd.  719-424-4800)

  • 5:00p.m.-5:45p.m. USTC Open Class (All ages)
  • 5:45p.m.-6:45p.m. Active Shooter: How to Prepare and Respond (All ages)
  • 6:45p.m.-7:45p.m. Home Invasion: How to Prepare and Respond (All ages)

Wednesday, Jan. 27th– All classes at Citadel location. (1316 N. Academy Blvd.  719-574-8782)

  • 5:00p.m.-5:45p.m. USTC Open Class (All ages)
  • 5:45p.m.-6:45p.m. Active Shooter: How to Prepare and Respond (All ages)
  • 6:45p.m.-7:45p.m. Apply Self-Defense Curriculum in Real World Situations (USTC Students Only)

Thursday, Jan. 28th– All classes at Monument location. (16328 Jackson Creek Pkwy.  719-488-4321)

  • 5:00p.m.-5:45p.m. USTC Open Class (All ages)
  • 5:45p.m.-6:45p.m. Child Abduction Prevention and Family Safety (All ages)
  • 6:45p.m.-7:45p.m. Active Shooter: How to Prepare and Respond (All ages)

Friday, Jan. 29th– All classes at Briargate location. (3478A Research Pkwy.  719-495-0909)

  • 5:45p.m.-6:45p.m. Non-threat Gun Disarming (All ages)
  • 6:45p.m.-7:45p.m. Active Shooter: How to Prepare and Respond (All ages)

Registration is required.

Classes are $10 per person or $15 for the family.

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