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Whitestone residents have the opportunity to learn how to best protect themselves from an aggressor at an interactive class in their very own neighborhood this month.

The We Love Whitestone civic association and the Fierce Dragon Martial Arts Academy are co-hosting a “Self-Protection Seminar” on Sunday, March 19. The class will take place from noon until 2 p.m at the martial arts academy and is open to participants ages 16 and older.


Led by Fierce Dragon business owner Michael Kimmel — who has been training in the martial arts for over 25 years — the seminar will begin with a discussion on awareness and protection techniques, followed by hands-on self-defense instruction. No martial arts experience is required and attendees should wear comfortable workout clothing.

“Master Kimmel is a certified self defense instructor with years of experience,” said civic president Alfredo Centola. “We thank him for taking time to give back to our community.”

This year’s class will be the civic’s second annual self-defense seminar. Last year, over 100 female residents showed up to the civic’s first class to learn useful self-defense skills. This year, the seminar is open to all residents.

“We live in a world where all should have a basic knowledge of how to protect ourselves and be aware of our surroundings,” Centola said. “All should be aware: men, women, children, young and old. That’s why this time around, we opened it up to all.”

The event costs $5 per person or is free to We Love Whitestone members who have paid their annual dues. Interested participants must text or call 917-502-6733 to hold a spot at the event. Free babysitting is available on-site for children ages 5 through 11.

The Fierce Dragon Martial Arts Academy is located at 150-42 11th Ave.


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