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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

Local gym seeks to prevent assault on women

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

According to the National Coalition of Domestic Violence, one in three women have been victims of some form of physical violence in their lifetime—TITLE Boxing Club in Killeen is aiming to prevent assault on women with a monthly class called Woman’s Assault Prevention Program, or WAPP.

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Head Trainer Cedric Marks instructs safety techniques and defense strategies during the monthly WAPP, or Woman’s Assault Prevention Program at TITLE Boxing Club in Killeen.

WAPP is a comprehensive, two-hour seminar lead by the Head Trainer at TITLE Boxing Club, Cedric Marks, and another trainer Aaron Naramore. During the seminar, participants are taught various techniques to counter potentially dangerous situations. The overall purpose of these teachings is not to show women and girls to fight, but how to recognize, prevent, defend and escape an assault. WAPP is designed to help women overcome the effects sexual violence by teaching assertiveness, awareness, risk reduction, avoidance, physical defense options and various strategies in order to empower the community.

According to gym employee and trainer Christie Schultz, WAPP was developed about a year ago in order to provide a resource for women and young girls in the community. “There’s certainly a need to protect yourself, that much is clear,” said Schultz, “and lifting weights and hitting a heavy bag is one thing, but being fit and knowing how to defend yourself in a bad situation are two entirely different things. Our class is mostly taught by Cedric Marks, and he gives hands-on instruction that will help you react proficiently in a real-life event. Whether you’re at home, work, school, the grocery store—WAPP gives you the credentials and experience needed to get out of or prevent an attack.” Schultz says her daughter underwent the very same training that helped her get out of a similar situation. “I’m so thankful she knew what to do to get herself out of that encounter. We always have a good turnout at our class, but we always welcome more.” Schultz did point out that she would soon be leaving TITLE, and for further questions to reach out to owner Susan Lockbaum.

WAPP is a free program and is held the first Saturday of every month from 3p.m. to 5 p.m. The last class was held Saturday, October 7, with the next one being Saturday, November 4. Registration is required, and participation is limited to no more than 20 people. To register, 254 680 2999 or visit them at 2904 E Stan Schlueter Loop in Killeen.

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