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Learn Situational Awareness for Holiday Safety

Protect yourself this holiday season with a safety course from a local self-defense instructor.

John Riddle, a former West Palm Beach police SWAT team member, is teaching a course called “Situational Awareness for Holiday Shopping and Travel” on Nov. 22 at 9:30 a.m. He’ll discuss what potential victims need to know about body language and gut feelings in order to avoid assault.

The hour and a half class costs $10 per participant and takes place at Riddle’s self-defense training facility, Progressive Self-defense Systems, at 1000 N.W. First Ave., Boca Raton, warehouses 5 and 6. The program talks about being aware of one’s surroundings around the world.

Situational awareness is the first step in self-defense, says Riddle, who teaches an Israeli-based military defense system called Krav Maga.

“I don’t care how good you are in self-defense, martial arts or whatever, if you are not paying attention to your surroundings you can be caught, robbed and beaten before you know it. In today’s world, we are all so preoccupied with laptops, cell phones and portable hand-held devices that we don’t see the activity going on around us,” reads a quote from the Progressive Self-defense Systems website.

The holidays are a particularly opportunistic time for attackers. Riddles cites the example of heading to the mall after work and returning to your car when it’s already dark outside

“This is the area where things can happen,” Riddle says in an email interview.
It can be prevented.”

To sign up for the course, click here or call 561/262-7840.

Riddle also teaches defensive pepper spray, rape prevention and concealed handgun courses, along with defensive handgun courses, such as force-on-force scenario-based training.


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