Recently, Bend High School teachers gathered for site-based, self-defense training sponsored by local Coach Jimmy Smith, owner of Smith Martial Arts.

Coach Jimmy focuses on using a combination of real life techniques including verbal distraction, physical skills and using items in your normal environment as a defense weapon if needed.

“For the teachers, we are holding the training in their environment, the school, so they’ll develop simple moves that work — like using maybe a clipboard or pen as a weapon if needed — and leave today with confidence that they can act in an emergency situation” said Jimmy.

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