Resident coordinates all ages self-defense, awareness class 

Local resident Ann Grogan coordinated the first Glen Park Patrol Special Safety Program class — in conjunction with the Triangle Martial Arts Association — on awareness and self-defense for all ages. The class is 9 a.m. to noon March 7 at St. John’s Parish School.

What inspired the class? In fall of 2008, there was a heinous personal attack and we quickly wanted to enhance safety.

What happened? On Aug. 29, a market owner was attacked shortly after he locked up his shop, and he was almost killed and they left him nearly for dead. Gratefully, he’s back. I have never seen [that kind of] outpouring of community concern, and it continued because the attacks didn’t stop.

Will one class be enough? No, but basically this concentrates on self-awareness and prevention. It will contain very practical information.

Who should go? Men and women, older and youths are welcome.

Where does the money go? It’s $40 and it goes to support the nonprofit’s educational efforts of the Triangle Martial Arts Association and to cover minimal costs. Ninety percent goes back to the nonprofit’s activities that support these classes around San Francisco.

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