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Safety Workshop at Virginia Commonwealth University in September

  • VCU's Cary Street Gym 101 South Linden Street Richmond, VA, 23220 United States (map)

Almost daily the media report stories of violent physical attacks. Those who fight back are more likely to get away, yet without some form of training, it’s hard to know what to do. Join self-defense instructors Julie Morrill and Joe Grassia for a seminar on personal safety where you will learn how to fight back. The training will include safety tips, scenario discussions, and some empowering self-defense techniques. Bring your sense of humor and sense of adventure. 

What will you learn in this course?

  • How to respond to violent situations;

  • Basic tools for fighting back, including: the ideal stance to help maintain your balance and get away and basic “tools” for fighting, such as punches, kicks, elbows, and knees;

  • Defending against common attacks, such as: wrist grabs, bear hugs, chokes, and being pushed to the ground.

About the Instructors

Julie Morrill lives in Virginia but travels the world to assist clients in emergency preparedness and personal safety. She conducts safety workshops around the world. Her teaching is based in Krav Maga, an Israeli form of hand-to-hand combat and self-defense, which she has been training since 2004 and teaching since 2010. Her emergency preparedness consulting work has taken her to the Middle East, Central America, India, Nepal, and Haiti. She applies her worldwide travels and professional experience to her teaching of self-defense and trains her students in real-world scenarios.

Joe Grassia is a Risk Management Professional and Subject Matter Expert in Travel Safety and Security. He works with organizations large and small to develop and manage programs to support the safety and security of their mobile workforces. Joe is a qualified Military Police Officer, currently serving in the District of Columbia Army National Guard. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho, Southern Africa, and speaks conversational Sesotho. Joe lives in Richmond with his wife, daughter, and dog and enjoys staying active, including: combat sports, sailing, hiking, and running.

Register through VCU here.