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Posted at 12:31 PM, Jan 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-10 13:38:53-05
After a spike in crime against women, a number are now learning to push back.
At the Monkey Bar Gym in Milwaukee, women are learning to fight back.
The facility is teaching women self-defense, and in the past few weeks, there's been an uptick of new members.
"We're teaching confidence and we're teaching tools for defending yourself and preventing an attack," said Roy Williams, a Krav Maga Instructor. "We've seen an increase in the number of women all wanting to learn the tools they need to protect themselves."
The course teaches women to be aware of their surroundings at all times and to try not to get into a dangerous situation.
It also encourages women to use their voice to get an attacker to back away.
For these women, being physically attacked is a real threat and they want the skills to fight back.
"I was at an ATM and three people came up to me and took my card," said Nada Stevic.
After that assault, Stevic signed up to learn self-defense.
"It is about teaching confidence and self-defense, but it's also about teaching violence because unfortunately it's a violent world and we have to meet violence with violence," said Williams.
Students learn how to defend themselves, but also when it's time to give in.
"If the choice is my life or my car or my life or this bag, they can take the car. They can take the bags," said Williams.
"It's a new year and people's resolutions are to get fit, I want to get in fighting shape and working out can add years to your life. This can add decades," said Stevic.
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