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Free women’s self-defense workshop offered Jan. 31


January 7, 2015

The Mukilteo Police Department is sponsoring a free Women’s Self-Defense Workshop at Gracie Jiu Jitsu from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 31.

The course is offered to provide women and teens with information on personal safety, with an emphasis on self-defense techniques.

The workshop will be instructed by Andre Lannertone, who began his martial arts journey in the early 1970s beginning in boxing, judo and karate.

He now teaches and trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Officer Colt Davis with the Mukilteo Police Department will aid in the instruction of the course.

“We are bringing this event to our residents again to hopefully build their awareness and provide information that will help avoid and prevent assault,” Davis said.

Police Cmdr. Charles Macklin said the course is intended to provide attendees with a basic awareness of one’s surroundings and basic techniques for protecting one’s self with an emphasis on disengagement and escape.

“We want to proactively equip our citizens so they do not become victims of crime,” Macklin said.

Students wishing to participate in the class should be prepared to interact with the instructors.

Please wear workout apparel, and bring water and a towel as students will practice the techniques being taught. Students will be required to complete a liability waiver prior to participating.

To register, email The class will be limited to 20 students. Additional classes are planned to be added throughout the year.

While the class is free, donations will be accepted to benefit Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County.

Gracie Jiu Jitsu is at 9700 Harbour Pl. Ste. 218 in Mukilteo.

-Edited by Beacon staff


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