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UPD Krav Maga teaches students self-defense

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As part of its push to help facilitate self-defense among the student body, the Texas State University Police Department is offering lessons in Krav Maga, a form of close-quarters hand-to-hand combat.

Hebrew for “contact combat,” Krav Maga focuses on applying natural instincts to real-life scenarios. This style of martial arts is practiced by military and civilians alike. Students are encouraged to register in the hope learning Krav Maga will enable participants to neutralize physical threats.

“I think knowing self-defense is important,” said Kenneth Holmes, sophomore communication major and regular Krav Maga attendee. “I need to be able to defend myself in case I get attacked.”

The Krav Maga lessons include an instructional lecture, and typically last up to four hours. Registration for the class opens three weeks prior to the start of the Fall 2016 semester and closes one week prior. The workshop is open to all students, faculty and staff, and is free of charge.