Donations were collected to support the Violence Intervention Program run by Opportunities for Otsego on Saturday October 4, 2014. Over 30 women took part in the 3 hour class led by black belts from Taekwon-do International. Oneonta Police Detective Jennifer Torres began the session with a presentation on street smarts, awareness, and valuable advice based upon her years of experience. Third degree black belt Amy Dexter from Asheville, North Carolina taught women how to escape from various attacks including front and rear chokes, and hair pulling. Dexter helped the women fend off attackers while pinned to the ground on their stomachs and backs. Master Ray Mannion of Oneonta Taekwon-Do, a fourth degree black belt, organized the event and taught various striking methods which the women practiced on punching pads.
Among the highlights of the day were watching “vertically challenged” 4’9” tall Amy Dexter easily toss 6’3”, 230 pound Mannion, off her back to the floor. “Amy showed us that no matter what our size, we are capable of defending ourselves in all different situations. I believe that every female who took that class left with a whole new confidence and a sense of security within themselves and I believe that, even if it is in a small sense, this community is safer because of it” said Cortnie Goodrich, 20 of Oneonta.
“The feedback from everyone involved made it clear these classes are needed and the local victims of
domestic violence need our help. We will definitely offer another one soon” said Mannion.
About Opportunities for Otsego Violence Intervention Program
The Violence Intervention Program (VIP) provides comprehensive support services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and violent crimes. The program promotes safe environments, self-determination, self-worth and envisions a future where people are free from abuse and oppression.
About Oneonta Taekwon-Do
With black belt instructors certified by Taekwon-Do International, Oneonta Taekwon-Do offers practical
self-defense classes to people aged 4 and up. In Oneonta since 2004, the school recently moved to its
new location at 203 Main Street in March of 2014. Visit OneontaTKD.com to learn more.