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Self-Defense On (and Off) the Trail 2019-2020

Registration Deadline 09/17/2019
Payment Deadline 05/05/2020

Poestenkill Gym                               6:30 - 9:00 p.m.  CORRECTION                        Tuition: $35.00                                    1 Tuesday evening

Instructor:  Fred McCagg                          Session 1: September 17
Certified Instructor in multiple                Session 2: October 22
martial & combative arts                          Session 3: February 4
NYS Licensed Wilderness Guide                Session 4: May 5
Owner of “Dynamic Sport Adventures”

Minimum of 6 participants

This class is designed for the wilderness hiker to learn what to do in case of a violent encounter on the trail. In the Northeast it certainly is very rare to be faced with a violent encounter but, believe it or not, since 1974 there have been 12 Appalachain Trail murders. The most recent occurred in Southwest Virginia in May 2019 when a man had been randomly approaching hikers' tents and threatening them. There have been numerous other violent encounters on trails across the nation.

Class will teach participants how to recognize danger and have situational awareness to avoid harmful encounters with humans and animals. Learn how to escape from grabs, chokes, bear hugs, etc. and defend against strikes. You will also learn how to use hiking gear to help defend yourself.

You need not be a hiker as techniques in class can be used in everyday environment. Wear loose clothing and sneakers.


Online registration for this program is currently closed/unavailable. Please contact Averill Park Community Education for further information.