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Personal tragedy encourages BRPD officer to teach self-defense classes

1 year 7 months 4 days ago March 19, 2015 Mar 19, 2015 Thursday, March 19 2015 March 19, 2015 6:52 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rebecca Buchanan

BATON ROUGE - BRPD Officer Rendy Richard also teaches Equalizer classes. For her, it's personal.

Richard had a cousin that was murdered. It was an experience that she said influenced her to teach the class. She hopes that by teaching women to protect themselves, she may be able to help families avoid the horrible tragedy that she went through.

Equalizer instructors, Rendy, Joel, and J.D., bring their personal experiences and police knowledge to life for the self-defense class.

Mother-daughter duos, co-workers and new friends all pair up to use the blocks and practice grabs and rolls, forming protective habits that could potentially be life-saving.

"Every time I start this class I think, if I can ever keep one female from having to go through what she went through then that's payoff for me," Richard told 2une In's Rebecca Buchanan. "That's my healing process for teaching that class."

The Baton Rouge Police Department is offering the Equalizer Women's Self-Defense class on the following days from 6 until 10 p.m. Participants must attend all four sessions to become certified:

Tuesday, March 31st
Thursday, April 2nd
Tuesday, April 7th
Thursday, April 9th

The class is open to women over the age of 13. There's no charge for the class.

Class sizes are limited and tend to fill quickly, so you should register early by clicking this link.


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