Library to offer women’s self-defense class

Would you give up your Friday night to save a life? If you’ve been thinking about the safety of you, your daughter or your female friends lately, now is your chance to learn how to prevent disaster and escape from abuse and assault situations.

The James V. Brown Library will be partnering with the Golden Dragon Family Training Center to present a free women’s self-defense quick class.

The program will be given in two parts on Aug. 15 and 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Lowry Theater of the James V. Brown Library.

On Thursday, Lanny Reed, founder of the Golden Dragon Training Center, will be drawing on his more than 45 years of martial arts and law enforcement experience to present safety tips and tricks in the Lowry Room. He stresses that, while it is important to learn physical defense techniques, your mind is the most powerful weapon that you have. He will be teaching ways to outsmart an attacker and escape from assault, in addition to presenting ways that you can avoid placing yourself in situations where you may become a victim. You need to learn more specific tips than just how to “avoid dark alleys at night.” This is the class where you can learn them in a safe environment at no cost.

On Friday, Reed will return to follow up his safety course with a session about physical self-defense. He will be demonstrating real defensive techniques that have been taught to law enforcement officers, martial arts students and men and women all over the world. Learn how to use these techniques today and become responsible for your safety.

This two part program will be held in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Family Wing at the James V. Brown Library.

Registration is suggested but not required. For more information about these presentations or to register, visit or call 326-0536.

To learn more about the Golden Dragon Training Center, visit or call 322-5155.

This educational opportunity at the James V. Brown Library is part of the statewide literacy initiative of PA Forward, helping libraries build communities one person at a time.