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 years,” he said.

Along with assistant instructors, Patke taught the women various techniques to disable a would-be attacker. The results were that as the ladies perfected the defensive moves, their confidence increased.

Patke also offers self-defense instruction for wheelchair users of all ages. Called “Chair Boundless” self-defense, these classes are well-attended locally.

He was recently featured in World of Martial Arts magazine, discussing his passion for self-defense and his many accomplishments. Patke is the founder of N.R.G. Martial Arts and Well Being, and his “Chair Boundless – Freedom through Mobility” classes are designed to teach people with “handicaps” to become “handi-capable,” as he said. The play on words indicates how effective the self-defense lessons can be, he said.

Patke collects used or unwanted medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers and adult diapers to disperse for free to those in need.

To learn more about Patke’s self-defense programs, visit www.facebook.com/chairboundselfdefense.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia.