Retired APD officer now teaches women self-defense
April 28, 2018 05:34 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Would you know what to do if you found yourself face-to-face with a bad guy who wanted to hurt you?
Once a month retired Albuquerque Police lieutenant Trish Hoffman teaches lifesaving moves like the eye jab, elbow strike and knee strike.
"If you're 12 years old and up or 100 (years old), come to my class. I do not discriminate. I want everyone. Moms, bring your daughters. Girls, get your sister," Hoffman said.
Hoffman founded Women Against Crime in 2001. She says it's all about empowering women to fight back.
"Things have happened here recently. They had three women – a middle-aged gal, a 17-year-old and a 14-year-old – that almost got abducted by a guy during the day," Hoffman said. "They've had violent encounters here that women have survived. So it's important."
The class has made a big difference in the lifestyle of at least one woman: 28-year-old Celeste Mitchell.
"I feel a lot more confident in just everywhere that I go," said Mitchell, who took Hoffman's class for the first time in March.
Hoffman also teaches women self-awareness skills so they aren't an easy target.
"You set the stage by the way you walk when you leave a building,” she said.
Updated: April 28, 2018 05:34 PM
Created: April 28, 2018 05:03 PM
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