Mundelein PD to host free women’s self defense series
Enrollment is now open for the village of Mundelein’s free self-defense class series for women, planned for Tuesday evenings during February and March at the local police department and addressing awareness along with physical skills.
Classes will begin at 6 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. starting Feb. 21 and culminating on March 14. The Mundelein Police Department is located at 221 N. Lake St. Participants are advised to wear loose-fitting workout clothing, and some aspects of the instruction will involve physical activity.
“Our primary goal is to teach women awareness and prevention of violent attacks,” Officer Rachel Messina said. “However, if the situation is unavoidable, we also give them the tools they need to physically defend themselves through various real-life scenarios and proven defensive tactics.”
To that end, students will learn about situational awareness and alertness to potential threats in one’s immediate surroundings as well as actual physical maneuvers to employ in adverse situations.
To register, call 847-968-3770. Space is limited to 30 students, so early registration is advisable. The class is designed for women ages 18 and up; 17-year-olds will be accepted with proof of parental permission.
Messina and fellow officers Katie Smith and Sarah Wirth can also be contacted for more information about the series at 847-968-4600.