The Washington County Family YMCA will host a Stranger Danger Class on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 at their facility to benefit the Martial Arts Program.
Eddie Lincks, Scott Allenbough, and Josh Tullis have graciously agreed to volunteer their time and talents in order to provide this safety training to the community in an effort to raise awareness of safety concerns, to educate and protect the community, and to help raise funds for an important cause.
“We are so proud of our Martial Arts Program here at the Y,” said Rosie Morehous, Youth First Director at the Washington County Family YMCA. “Our head instructor, Josh Tullis, does amazing things with our students—you can see their confidence and self-esteem grow leaps and bounds when they join his classes. We have a top of the line instructor, and now we are looking to raise some funds to have top of the line equipment, too!”
The Stranger Danger Class will be for all levels, but this initial class will be targeted at a beginner stage, and cover the basic knowledge of reaction in dangerous situations, how to assess your environment, being aware of your surroundings, and how to de-escalate a situation.
Instructors Eddie Lincks and Scott Allenbough are both former military men, and have over 40 years each of hand-to-hand combat experience. Together, they train military, law enforcement and college university classes on the skills necessary to stay safe in unsafe conditions. Lincks and Allenbough will be bringing on Josh Tullis as a co-instructor for the class. Tullis has over 20 years of Martial Arts experience, and has been teaching for 11 years now.
“Prevention is the first step,” said co-instructor, Eddie Lincks, when asked why this class was so important to him and his co-instructors. “We hope to offer more Stranger Danger Classes—if the first one is successful [in attendance].” The YMCA is hopeful for a good turnout, in order to be able to schedule future dates and sessions with the experts. “We would love to see this established as a series that could grow over time—but that is up to the demand of the community,” stated Morehous in response to the possibility of seeing more classes.
The classes will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. for ages 5-11, and from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. for ages 12 and up. Adults are encouraged to attend the second hour as well. The class is being offered free to the public, through the volunteered time being donated by the instructors. A $5 per person donation is encouraged, when able, to help fund the upgrade of the Martial Arts equipment. This will be collected at the door. Seating is based on a first come, first served basis, and will be limited to the room capacity in the multipurpose room at the YMCA.