The University of Arkansas Cossatot will offer self-defense classes for students and community members during the month of August. The classes are broken up into different age groups for adults and children ages seven and up.
The eight-week courses will be held two nights a week for each group and the cost $80 per person.
Sixteen one-hour class sessions will be held and all courses will take place at UA Cossatot's De Queen campus.
Beginning Aug. 5, adults 18 and up will meet for class from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Teenagers ages 15 to 17 will also meet from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays beginning Aug. 5.
Children's self-defense courses will be held Tuesdays and Fridays beginning Aug. 6. Kids ages seven to 10 will meet from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and ages 11 to 14 will meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Instructor Daniel Griffin will teach all the courses. Griffin has been training in martial arts since 1981.
He is skilled in Karate, Aikido, Tae Kwon Do, boxing, American freestyle, submission wrestling, kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
He has competed on the USA kickboxing team, fought in MMA bouts and has trained with the US Navy boxing team.
These classes will cover the basics of defending oneself and offer a social, active event for people to participate in while learning new skills.
For more information or to register for a class, contact the Continuing Education Department at UA Cossatot at 870-584-4471.
— From UA Cossatot