CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Cuyahoga County officials want you to be able to defend yourself in case you are ever attacked.
Thursday night a series of self defense classes kicked off.
"I thought this would be good for me and my daughter since we travel together a lot without male company," said Michelle Ashford.
Michelle Ashford and her daughter are attending one self defense class.
It was organized by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's office and the NAACP after a series of attacks of the city's east side and serial killings in East Cleveland.
The instructors there say protecting yourself is not just a physical thing.
"Mental empowerment. The way your mind navigates tour body. If your mind freezes up, you're not going to be able to do anything with your body," said Cuyahoga Co. Deputy Sheriff Joe Skovira.
And the women are learning.
"The cantaloupe technique. If someone is trying to attack you, automatically how you press on the cantaloupe, to press somebody's eyes if your attacker puts his hands on your throat. That was a good technique. I didn't know that," said Micah Walker.
The self-defense classes will continue in Cleveland, Warrensville Heights and Parma in the coming weeks.
October 10, 2013
Zone Recreation Center
6301 Lorain Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44102
October 17, 2013
Warrensville Heights YMCA
4433 Northfield Road
Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44128
October 24, 2013
Shiloh Middle School
2302 Grantwood Drive