October 2, 2022

Rotary Club, EP Martial Arts To Hold Free Self Defense Class -

Girls and women to learn safety and self-awareness protection techniques on June 11, 2022


EP Martial Arts Academy, a training gym offering instruction in various forms of martial arts to people of all ages, is partnering with The Rotary Club of East Providence/Seekonk to offer a self defense class for women and girls’ empowerment.

The class, which is free of charge to any woman or girl over the age of 13 regardless of physical fitness, will be held at the EP Martial Arts Academy located at 345 Taunton Avenue in East Providence on Saturday, June 11, 2022. Participants can choose from one of two sessions: the morning from 10:00 am to 11:30 am; and the afternoon from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.

Attendees will learn the myths of self defense, protective stances, how to be aware of surroundings, techniques to defend oneself safely during an assault or crime, and more. “Our Rotary International organization has put an emphasis this year on empowering girls, to protect and improve their wellbeing and enhance their quality of life,” states Will Francis, 2022 president of The Rotary Club of East Providence/Seekonk. “We are pleased to sponsor the EP Martial Arts Academy in offering this safety program for girls and women.”

Classes will be led by Candace Rushton, a 5th degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt who specializes in violence prevention instruction and is recognized as a positive female role model in martial arts. In addition to teaching Jiu Jitsu for over 22 years, she competed in grappling tournaments internationally and earned the title of Women’s Lightweight Advanced North American Grappling Association Champion for two consecutive years. She has been working in human services for the past 40 years where she has dedicated her time in the safety and protection of children and families. A graduate of the Rhode Island Victims Assistance Academy, Candace has also attended countless trainings on conflict resolution, behavior management, and understanding sensory diagnoses and sensitivities in people. She has a background in the healing arts as a Reiki Master and Meditation and Mindfulness teacher.

“Candace is an excellent, credentialed instructor who is donating her time for this important women’s empowerment initiative,” comments Bart Axelrod, an owner and founder of EP Martial Arts Academy and member of the East Providence/Seekonk Rotary Club. “This is an opportunity to get specialized training in a controlled and safe environment. It’s a fact that self defense helps to build confidence and help people find safety in threatening situations.”

Space is limited to 20 participants per class. Pre-registration is required. Participants should dress in sneakers and comfortable clothing. For more information and to register for one of the free sessions, call Bart Axelrod at EP Martial Arts Academy at 401-489-3189 or email bart.axelrod@gmail.com.  Information can also be found at https://epseekonkrotary.org/ 


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