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Hope Center hosting self defense class to raise money for community programs

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Thursday afternoon students spent their time in the North Lufkin Hope Center gymnasium for an after school program.

This is just one of many ways the center works to help the local community

"I never knew these were so many people in our community that were in need," said Yvette Hadnot, Document Specialist, Hope Center.

The center also offers summer programs for children along with a food program for families in need.

Saturday morning the center will host a women's self defense class to raise money for the center.

"Those extra fundraisers help us to get beyond the need to help us with the kids, help us with our feeding program," said Hadnot.

During Saturday's workshop women will learn various defenses against unknown attacks.

"Grabs from in front, grabs from the sides things like that common grabs and attacks," said T.J. Martinez, Instructor, ATA Black Belt Academy.

T.J. Martinez is one of five instructors that will be teaching this weekend and he hopes women leave with a better understanding on how to defend themselves.

"We'll show you where to hit, how to hit certain strikes work better than others," said Martinez.

Martinez says the three hour course is all about education and the more you know the safer you are.

"It requires continuous training but we want people to have a basic understanding of what is going on so they won't be completely unprepared," said Martinez.

Officials say participants aren't just learning new skills but changing lives in the process.

"Not only are you learning something for yourself, that could very easily save your life your helping save lives of other people," said Martinez.

 The self defense course will be Saturday at the North Lufkin Hope Center from 9 a.m. until noon. The class cost $20.

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