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UW-La Crosse student takes safety into her own hands

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – When it comes to safety, a UW-La Crosse student took matters into her own hands.

UW-La Crosse Campus Police provides a six-week self defense course for students who may feel the need to know how to better protect themselves.

Student Kali Mehlhoff said at first, she was skeptical to take the class. After the first day though, she said it has only made her feel better about herself.

Mehlhoff said she tried out the University’s self defense course because she wanted to know how to defend herself, in case she was ever in a life-threatening situation.

Mehlhoff said she has never been a victim or personally knows anyone who has been a victim of assault. If she ever is, or feels threatened from now on, she now knows what to do.

“The fact that I knew that even if I had one of two skills, I was better off than where I had started. It is very useful, it is very helpful, and it’s not over intimidating,” Mehlhoff said.

Mehlhoff said the class, which is taught by a pair of UW-L Police Officers, gives students hands-on learning with different styles of kicks, the correct way to punch, how to get out of a choke hold, and how students can protect themselves from a knife.

“I recommend students take it because I feel it makes you feel more comfortable around campus and off campus. It’s a great class, and it’s a lot of fun,” Mehlhoff said.

The course doesn’t provide certification for students, but Mehlhoff said she believes her classmates should take the course because feeling self-confident is most important.

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