A local marital arts studio is hosting a workshop this week designed to give women tools that can be used to defend themselves.
Tsawwassen United MMA, Fitness with PJ and Go Fit Gals are presenting a women's self-defense workshop on Friday.
United MMA owner and head coach Andrew Davies will lead the workshop that has been designed to teach women a variety of ways to defend themselves in the event of an attack.
"It's not meant to scare women," says organizer, and local personal trainer, PJ Wren. "It's meant to empower."
Davies said he'll be going through a number of basic strikes that women can use against an attacker, as well as pointing out vital areas to strike, how to escape the most common holds and moves that can be used while standing or on the ground.
"It's important to know where to aim," Davies said, adding he can teach women how to use their strength to do as much damage as possible quickly and get away from an attacker.
"The idea is to give them really basic moves that are easy to remember," he said.
Davies said most people just instantly freeze when confronted by an unexpected attack and the aim of the workshop is to give women a few moves they will be able to do instinctively.
While the subject matter is serious, Davies said the aim is to have some fun while learning the defensive moves.
"We're here to educate, empower and have fun," Wren said.
The session is suitable for all ages.
The workshop, which costs $50, is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. at Tsawwassen United MMA, 107-5405-12th Ave. Along with the two-hour workshop, attendees will also receive a swag bag full of goodies from local businesses valued at $100.
For more information on the workshop, or to register, visit www.fitnesswithpj.com and click on "Upcoming Events."