Class teaches women to make a 'fast escape' from assault

May 15, 2017
Photo by: Andrew Griffith / AWG Photography Roxane D'Italia practices a defensive move with the help of instructor Jen Keegan.

Mattapoisett — Seventeen women of all ages gathered at Center School on May 10, to learn self-defense techniques in a class called F.A.S.T.T. E.S.C.A.P.E.

The class acronym stands for fast aggressive strikes targeting trauma, every second counts, avoid pre-attack trauma. The class was developed by Maj. Dwayne Fortes, who was on hand to lead the session alongside Jennifer Keegan.

Fortes led the group of women through a short lecture on what to look for in an assailant, and favored modes of assault, before getting them up in moving in a physical session, meant to teach them how to respond to an assault.

The course was sponsored by the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department and Sheriff Joseph McDonald.

Maj. Dwayne Fortes demonstrates a defensive move with Jen Keegan. (Photo by: Andrew Griffith / AWG Photography)
(Photo by: Andrew Griffith / AWG Photography)
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