Cocoa Beach Karate Teaches Students About Assault Prevention and Self-Defense

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seminar focused on how to spot and avoid potentially dangerous situation

Over 40 participants of all ages showed up tonight at Cocoa Beach Health & Fitness to participate in a freer community service seminar conducted by Cocoa Beach Karate’s head sensei, Des Chaskelson and his students.

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – More than 40 participants of all ages showed up at Cocoa Beach Health & Fitness to participate in a free community service seminar conducted by Cocoa Beach Karate’s head sensei, Des Chaskelson and his students.

This is an annual event offered by Cocoa Beach Karate since 2002 to help spread awareness, information and tactics to use in assault prevention and self-defense.

One in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college and the stats for street crime, domestic violence and rape are equally very disturbing.

The seminar focused on how to spot and avoid potentially dangerous situations as well as basic techniques and tactics to use if self-defense is the only option.

All participants received a five-page handout on assault prevention and how to spot and avoid potentially dangerous situations.

This handout is available from Cocoa Beach Karate to anyone who wants it (request via senseides@yahoo.com) in our mission to spread awareness and information about this important issue.

All 44 participants graduated from the course by participating in drills and demonstrations and learning about vital targets, how to attack those targets, and drills for awareness.

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Graduates received certificates and are encouraged to use and pass on the information learned at the seminar.

Sensei Des Chaskelson, head sensei at Cocoa Beach Karate, has been training in karate since 1987.

When he moved from New York City to Cocoa Beach in 2002, he opened the karate school at the two current locations of Cocoa Beach Health & Fitness and Cocoa Beach Recreation Center.

He has run these free community service seminars for kids, teens and adults every year since then.

Sensei Des received his 6th-degree black belt from the World Matsubayashi Karate Association in Okinawa Japan in 2016.

Cocoa Beach Karate currently offers four classes a week. For more information, visit CocoaBeachKarate.com or email senseides@yahoo.com

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