By DAVID SIMPSON, Staff Writer pressofAtlanticCity.com | 0 comments
Komar Jiu Jitsu is halfway through a six-week session of free women’s self-defense classes.
The class, which meets at 3330 Bargaintown Road in Egg Harbor Township, is called Easy Escape. Instructor and owner Richard Komar offers identical classes on Monday and Wednesday nights.
“The goal is to survive a confrontation and escape,” he said. “My goal isn’t to teach them how to beat up somebody who might confront them. The goal is to survive it and get away: If you get knocked down, how to get back to your feet. If someone grabs you, how to get away. How not to get punched in the face if someone throws a punch at you.”
Last Monday, more than two dozen women came out to learn how to defend themselves.
Diana Campbell enjoyed the first lesson so much that she brought her friend, Ruth Quinn, to the second. The Cardiff women practiced avoiding, and lessening the blow of, each other’s punches.
“It’s good exercise, and it’s good because, god forbid something ever happened, I’d know how to not to die,” Campbell said, laughing. “I thought it was great. I’m going to keep up with. I encourage women to do it.”
Komar, who was a member of the Galloway Township Police Department for 25 years, said self-defense is an important skill regardless of where you live.
“Most women that are victimized, it’s domestic-related,” he said. “Or it’s someone they know. It’s a boyfriend. It’s a girlfriend’s brother. Some people think, ‘Hey, I live in this nice neighborhood. Nothing’s ever going to happen to me.’ It happens in every corner of society. Everywhere. We’re all a potential victim for someone who sees an opportunity to take advantage of us. The idea is to give you a chance to defend yourself against that opportunistic person.”
Komar broke the class into pairs and showed them how to best escape if they are knocked to the ground. He was serious about teaching but kept the class light and comfortable by explaining everything in simple terms.
“It can be a little intimidating walking into a martial arts school for women,” Komar said. “I try to keep it as a friendly, educational environment. You’re not walking into my school to get into a fight. You’re walking into my school to learn a martial art, and how to defend yourself, and how to take care of yourself, and build confidence and self-esteem, and maybe get a workout at the same time.”
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