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Both Impact Martial Arts and Karate John’s are offering free women’s self-defense classes. More women are taking advantage of them after the March 14 murder of Lori Bresnahan at Great Northern Mall.

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Martial arts studios encourage women to learn to protect themselves

After a woman was murdered and a child raped at knifepoint at Great Northern Mall March 14, residents have been clamoring for a way to protect themselves. A number of free classes have been introduced to help women, in particular, learn techniques to use in a similar situation. But the free self-defense classes provided by some local martial arts studios aren’t new offerings in response to the tragedy. Both Impact Martial Arts and Karate John’s have offered free women’s self-defense classes for years.


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