Learn how not to be a victim

There were 1.2 million violent crimes in the U.S. for the year 2010 with almost 800,000 of them being aggravated assaults.

Some studies indicate the one-half of the violent crimes committed in the U.S. are never reported.

“That would put the total number of violent crimes committed to well over two million,” Becky Rammell of the Golden Triangle Gymnastics says.

She is offering a self defense class on Dec. 8 from 8 a.m. to noon that will focus on two major areas of concern.

1. Is how not to be a victim. You will learn to recognize and avoid confrontation and how to defuse a confrontation before it’s too late.

2. Is how to survive a violent encounter. Sometimes there is no other way out than to fight for your life.

“Forget what you see in the movies, learn what works and what does not work in the real world,” Rammell says.

Those attending the class will learn about the very few targets to strike that actually work.

Learn about adrenaline and how it works against you, and how to use it against your attacker and learn about the emotional after-effects of violent encounters.

Instructors for the class are Claude Smith, a third degree black belt. He is a technical director of street and combat tactics, and a professor at MSU-Great Falls where he teaches a college credit personal defense class.

The other instructor is Taylor Smith a second degree black belt and technical director of combat grappling for the IKAI Midwest, certified level two trainer in the modern army combative program and professional mixed martial artist.

Rammell says the class will feature a casual lecture, a question and answer session, scenario-based training and hands-on drills and practice.

“Wear your street clothes and come prepared,” said Rammell.

The class is geared to those 15 years of age and older.

Golden Triangle and Gymnastics is located at 324 Front St. with the entrance in the alley, across from the parking lot at Olson’s Drug.

For more information or to ask questions, call Rammell at 271-2066 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .