Special self-defense class offered by Mike Patke

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Bob Libby teaches a self-defense move to a student at the Escape to Gain Safety women’s self-defense seminar Saturday, Nov. 23. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
The Anza Community Hall reverberated with shouts, grunts and the slap of fist against pads as Mike Patke held his “Escape to Gain Safety” women’s self-defense seminar Saturday, Nov. 23. The free event attracted about a dozen ladies interested learning in the defense techniques offered. “The Escape to Gain Safety class is a seminar I started in 1987, and it is now taught in at least five different countries,” Patke said. “Focusing on situational awareness and being able to escape attacks, it is a hands-on, one-day class that also offers a wealth of information to ages 12 and up.” Minors need to be accompanied by an adult to take part in the session, he said. “I have been teaching for over 40
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