By WVUA 23 Reporter Grace Campbell

Across the country there have been a number a number of young people reported missing. To combat that, people have been signing themselves or their children up for self-defense classes to learn ways to protect themselves from unwanted and potentially life-threatening attacks.

Parents said it is ensuring to know their children will be able to protect themselves in harmful situations.

“They’re able to use that knowledge to be able to know what to do if something were to arise and not think ‘oh what should I do?’ ” Katrice Lowe, parent of three students in self-defense classes. “It’s kind of an instinct to know what to do if something were to happen.”

 Classes teach people to be more aware of their surroundings and how to react in various situations.

 “We’re not going to get in anyone’s face and say ugly words to them etc. but that will happen to them in the real world,” Tyler Bailey, owner and operator of Tiger-Rock Martial Arts center in Hillcrest said. So, the more they’re here, the more they’re training, the more instinct that will become, it’s just got to take practice.”

 People learn not only how to defend themselves in the classes, but how to protect anyone in need.

 If you are interested in learning self-defense, there are numerous classes offered in and around Tuscaloosa for people of all ages.

Categories: Archives, Local News