Martial arts studio holds self defense classes in Elkhart

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

ELKHART, Ind.--- One in three people will be held at gunpoint at some time in their lives.

That's why Star Martial Arts Studio based in Elkhart and Mishawaka put on a self-defense class Saturday afternoon.

Roughly 40 people showed up at the Elkhart location to learn from someone who knows a thing or two about gun safety.

Jeff Newberry, a retired police officer with a ninth degree black belt in taekwondo, led the class.

“When I was a police officer, every day I went to work with one thought in mind and that was at the end of my shift I wanted to go home to my family and kids,” said Newberry. “I think it's very important for citizens to know that.”

Newberry wants people to know you should never attempt what he calls "gun defense" unless you are within arm's reach of the weapon.

Newberry has outlined a few self-defense tips if you are held at gunpoint:

First, time is on your side, he says. Stall the gunman by talking and trying to negotiate.

Second, remember to breathe, even though it may be tough to remain calm.

Third, don't move your feet, push the attacker, or reach for the weapon. Newberry emphasizes you should only grab the gun if you are within arm's reach.

Fourth, grip the gun, not the hand. Don't point the weapon at the gunman.

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