Killeen: Gym empowers women

Published: May. 13, 2018 at 5:42 PM CDT
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Title Boxing Club in Killeen is hoping it can help women walk without fear.

Naghmeh Foster doesn't want to be another violence statistic.

"If somebody attacks you and if they try to drag you in the car, you should be able to prevent that," Foster said.

That's why she's taking part in the free Women's Assault Prevention Program at Title Boxing Club in Killen for the first time.

"There's a perception that women are weaker and I think we should show them that we are not," Foster said.

The Urban Institute of Research says women are more likely to be victims of sexual assaults.

Susan Lockbaum co-owns Title Boxing Club.

When one of her trainers came to her with the idea of a prevention class for women, she was all for it.

For nearly two years now, Cedric Marks has been showing women techniques to stay safe.

"This is more about prevention than just self-defense moves you might have seen on youtube," said Marks.

Once a month, Marks teaches women of all ages simple moves that empower them like the choke escape.

The women first watch Marks and then work with each other practicing.

"It doesn't necessarily matter the size of the person the size of the person. If you know the skills, you can manipulate your way out of an attack," said Title Boxing Club co-owner, Susan Lockbaum

The women are also taught to be aware of their surroundings and to run after striking back.

It's tips like these, Foster hopes she'll be able to remember if a dangerous situation ever arises.

"I think it's a good thing to learn, especially as women, single women, We should know how to protect ourselves," Foster said.

The next free class will take place in June.

It's open to everyone, but space is limited.