By Marisa Patwa


Warrick County women now have the chance to learn how to protect themselves in case of an emergency, thanks to new classes being offered in Boonville.

Master Eric Elliot, who teaches Kyusho-Jitsu, taught the first class of the series on Saturday, Jan. 4 at the Jazzercise Fitness Center in Boonville, located at 942 W. Main St.

He taught the ladies several techniques including poking a potential attacker's eyes, hitting moves with their legs and hands, the proper way to run away and even how to weaken a male's groin.

Elliot, 36, was game for letting the women take out their aggression on him, including his wife, Sarah.

"Self-defense is really important," Elliot said. "A woman was almost abducted recently by some guys in a van."

Elliot was referring to an incident that happened in December on Walnut Street in Evansville.

The Kyusho-Jitsu master also plans to start a "Little Warriors" class at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays starting on Feb. 3 for kids ages 4-7, which will take place before his 7 p.m. karate class for kids 8 and older.

For more information on the classes and prices Elliot offers, call 812-639-9090.

As the self-defense class was ending on Saturday, Elliot urged the women to not go out alone at night and always text a family member or friend to let them know if they are by themselves.

"Use your head, be smart and stay vigilant," he said.

Marisa Patwa is a graduate of the University of Evansville with a degree in journalism and minor in political science.

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