By Katy England
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ORONO – The women in the Orono Police Department’s Women’s Self Defense Course picked up skills on how to escape from situations where they’re on the ground with an attacker on top of them.
We learned how to use physics and gravity to our advantage and lever attackers off of us. Sgt. Scott Lajoie instructed while Officers Jason Zalva and Christine McAvoy demonstrated the maneuvers. We then paired off and took turns being the bad guy. They explained that fighting from the ground is never an ideal situation, but it tends to be where most fights end up.
And it's true, just following out "attackers" while on the ground, keeping our feet towards them for some vicious kicking, can really take it out of you.
After the ground work, we learned how to disarm an opponent with a gun, and how to defend against knife attacks.
Lajoie explained that you should never go looking to fight with someone with these weapons, but this was how to handle yourself if faced with an attacker (in close quarters) with a gun or a knife.
This last class was the final session before the ladies face off against the infamous Red Man Suits next week.