Ventura, California, high school students are being offered free self-defense classes at the Miller Family YMCA as a way to prepare them for situations that may arise while at college, according to the Ventura County Star.
Self-defense sensei Mike Szydlowski will be teaching recent high school graduates proper techniques of defense that they'll hopefully be able to take with them as they head off on their own in college.
Janice Wise, the director of marketing at the Miller Y, spoke on the benefits of teaching kids self-defense as they pursue their freedom at college, and what it can also do for the parents.
"The classes will give parents some peace of mind as they send their kids off to school this fall," Wise told the Ventura County Star. "It's the Y's graduation gift to our community."
Classes will be free and open to graduates with or without a Y membership.
Going to college can be a great experience as it gives young adults the chance to live life on their own. With this new freedom also comes the potential for issues to arise as alcohol and the lack of traditional rules can fuel problems. Purchasing pepper spray to bring to school may be another method preserving your personal safety if you are ever walking alone or feel threatened.