It's late at night. The empty, darkened parking lot stretches away from you in eerie silence. You can see your car 100 yards away in a flickering pool of light cast by a malfunctioning lamp post. You are a woman, and you are alone.
If you're not prepared for the unthinkable someone is lurking out there in the shadows looking for his next victim then Arthur Dennery and the Virgin Islands Police Department may have just what you need.
Dennery, a 44 year veteran of at least five different martial arts disciplines, and developer of his own form, Art-Den-Jitsu, has created a three-hour program designed specifically for women which he calls Instinctive Self Defense.
"With the rise in crime, in physical and sexual assault, this course is my way of helping out the ladies and giving back to the community," Dennery stated.
The course begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, at the law offices of Eszart Wynter, 27 Estate Whim in Fredriksted.
The VIPD will have two officers on hand to provide information and field questions, and while the program will not provide training in any of the martial arts, there will be lots of practical guidelines and useful tips.
In addition to parking lot safety, the course will offer information on highway safety and awareness, how to change your car tire, car entry safety and awareness and much more.
"I have done this courses all over the Caribbean and the United States," Dennery said, "It's about practical things any woman can do to help assure her own safety."
Dennery has four Art-Den-Jitsu training centers, two on St. Croix, one each in New York City and Florida and is thinking of setting up a second Florida location.
For further information contact Dennery at 772-2042.
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