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Two organizations team up to teach women self defense

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After recent incidents at Mill Creek MetroPark, two organizations teamed up to provide a free self-defense class.

The class comes after reports that a 51-year-old woman was attacked by a man and dragged into the woods and a jogger who says a man exposed himself to her in the park.

The Youngstown Road Runners Club partnered with Second Sole of Boardman to put on the self-defense class taught by Certified Jiu-Jitsu Instructor, Staci May.

"A lot of people say well, I would knee him in the groin or I would poke him in the eyeballs. All of those are really, really great ideas, but you're just going to tick him off," said May.

May showed the women they don't need to be professional fighters to put up a good fight.

Her number one demonstration showed women to form a strong base with their bottom half. She also highlighted a point of weakness to break out of a grip.

"Look where his thumb is that's my exit girls," said May. 

Retired Youngstown Police Sergeant Rick Hart is a runner, he says one of the biggest mistakes he sees is women pretending they don't notice someone.

"You should look the other person in the eye, let them know you're not afraid and you know what they look like," suggested Hart.

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