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August 28th, 2013

NFA senior girls attend self-defense seminar

NEWBURGH - Prior to the end of the school year, Newburgh Free Academy senior girls were invited to attend a self-defense seminar which focused on personal safety through awareness, assertiveness, verbal confrontation skills, safety strategies and physical techniques.

Robyn Jowell, a physical education teacher and coach at NFA, partnered with Head Instructor Ian Cameron, of Anthony Quatrochi’s Martial Arts Institute located in Wappingers Falls and Poughquag. Jowell and Cameron had partnered together for a charity event in the past and decided it would be good to raise awareness with Newburgh students.

Cameron, along with Instructor Matt Goldfarb and Assistant Instructor Vanessa Ale, led the class of nearly thirty students in a series of real life scenarios and taught them how to prevent, prepare and protect themselves against attackers.

"Many of these students will soon be leaving NFA for college or careers and I feel that it’s important for them to know how to defend themselves in a real world situation," explained Jowell. This is the first time that the seminar has been offered at Newburgh Free Academy, but Jowell hopes to do it again next year.

The techniques taught during the program enable an individual to successfully avoid, prevent, escape and survive violent assaults. This seminar was designed specifically for young women who want to learn basic self-defense techniques to protect themselves.

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