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Self-defense training class begins Sept. 10 at Foy Center

Designed to help prevent rape by informing and empowering women, a 12-week program at the Foy Fitness and Recreation Center at Austin Peay State University will equip class members from the University and the community with self-defense training and assault information.

The Rape Prevention, Awareness and Empowerment Program will be held from 6-8 p.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 10-Dec. 3, not including Nov. 26. The cost will be $10 for faculty, staff, students, dependents and alumni registered with the fitness center and $15 for community members not affiliated with APSU.
Designed to help prevent rape by informing and empowering women, a 12-week program at the Foy Fitness and Recreation Center at Austin Peay State University will equip class members from the University and the community with self-defense training and assault information.

The Rape Prevention, Awareness and Empowerment Program will be held from 6-8 p.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 10-Dec. 3, not including Nov. 26. The cost will be $10 for faculty, staff, students, dependents and alumni registered with the fitness center and $15 for community members not affiliated with APSU.

Interested parties may sign up at the Foy Fitness and Recreation Center. The cost of the class includes a Kubotan self-defense key ring, which is a close-quarter self-defense weapon.

The lead instructor for the class is Ray Jula, who has a background in seven martial arts and holds certifications and qualifications in muay thai, kenpo karate, aikido and kali escrima. Jula has taught martial arts for 13 years and self-defense in police departments. He also has three years' experience counseling. Assisting Jula will be Caitlin Turmelle, who has said she works with such programs in an effort to empower women to be victors, not victims. Local police detectives, counselors and campus police officers will speak to the class.

For more information, contact Tabitha Gilliland, student affairs coordinator, by telephone at (931) 221-7375 or by e-mail at gillilandt@apsu.edu. -- Melony A. Jones