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Third Women's Self-Defense Class

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It's no secret a man, lurking in the shadows of the Magic City, is preying upon young females in Billings.

More than 100 women show up for yet another women's self defense class at the Al Bedoo Shrine Auditorium. The Billings' Martial Arts Association's push to empower the women of the Magic City was in full force Thursday evening. The class began around six, where instructors taught basic but highly effective self-defense techniques. But the women in the community, including participant Kristen Allen, are fighting back at the Shrine.

"I go running a lot and stuff and id like to be able to go by myself and feel comfortable doing that," says Allen.

Instructors, including representative Calley Thompson, from the Billings Martial Arts Association are teaching simple awareness skills.

"If you have the same routine everyday you do the same thing at the same time, thinking about changing those things up," says Thompson.

Boundary setting skills are part of the training too.

"The mistake is to freeze up and do nothing, we want these people to leave here today with basic skills so that they do something," says Thompson.

Instructors emphasize the importance of target training -- aiming for the eyes, the groin, and using a hard kick. Perhaps now, there will be no more victims, and the perpetrator will stay away from these newly confident ladies.

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