Cantu is bringing the class back at the end of July, and women who will be 18 years old or more by July 31 will be eligible to attend.
Cantu said the deadline for signing up for the course will be July 24, and he will accept a maximum of 30 students.
Women interested in taking the course should contact Cantu at 358-8100 or Civilian Police Academy volunteer Sandra Hernandez at 318-3233 to sign up for the class.
The sessions will run five weeks, from 7-9 p.m. on Thursdays at the Police Training Center at 608 W. Milam St.
Classes will begin on July 31 and continue through Aug. 28.
The assistant chief said women will learn tactics that can give them security and peace of mind.
“It is important that they know that they can dramatically increase their chances of avoiding or surviving a violent attack,” Cantu said.
The assistant chief studied a number of disciplines in martial arts from 1990 until 2000, and he has been the self-defense instructor for the Beeville Police Department since 2000.
Cantu said completing the course should enable its students to protect themselves, their friends and their families by empowering them with the skills, tactics and strategies to survive a violent situation.
Students will learn:
•How to avoid a violent confrontation.
•Strategies to trick an attacker.
•How to disable an attacker by utilizing your strengths against the attacker’s weaknesses.
•How to escape the most common grabs and holds.
•Defense against the most common strikes.
•How to survive on the ground.
“Imagine a 200-pound attacker pinning you on your back, and you learning how to escape safely,” Cantu said.
The seasoned officer has taught a number of women in the community the same tactics and strategies for self-defense over the years.
The class is offered as a community service, and there is no charge for the course.
But anyone interested in taking the course should get signed up quickly, before the class is filled.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5220, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.