Self-defense demonstration, Q&A session to be held Monday

Off Broadway Dance Center and Noah’s Christian Nursey School are holding a self-defense demonstration and question and answer session with police officials Monday, April 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.

It will be held at the Fulton First United Methodist Church, located across from the Fulton Junior High School.

The church’s Fellowship Hall will be the site of the self defense demonstration where attendees may learn moves that could be used in many types of situations. There will also be a question and answer session with Fred Ling, a retired defensive tactics FBI instructor, and Tracie Pluff-Gioia, a retired Oswego County sheriff’s deputy.

In the church sanctuary, there will be a discussion featuring Aimee May of the Fulton Police Department and Ann Beaupre of the Syracuse Police Department.

They will talk about victimization profiling, “Warrior Mentality,” and verbal judo. Pluff-Gioia and Ling will perform some de-escalation scenarios, verbal judo, and minimal contact move demonstrations.

Both areas will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. and participants are welcome to come and stay the whole time, or drop in at their convenience. There is no need to register for this event.

The event is free, but organizers will accept donations for Noah’s Christian Nursery School and a book that will be donated to Volney School in Fulton in honor of Lori Bresnehan.

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