Las Vegas, Nevada 2022-05-16 01:15:47 –
Las Vegas (KTNV) — Provides ways to deal with violence against teachers. The Valley Martial Arts Studio offers free self-defense lessons for educators.
“It bothers me because there are some basic elements that can be learned to avoid actually getting injured.”
Lee Sakai was disappointed to hear reports of a school battle and teacher attack in Clark County School District. This has led some CCSD teachers and parents to ask questions about self-defense. As a martial arts teacher at Henderson’s Samurai Training Center, Sakai and other instructors were asked for help.
“So I said that Jiu-Jitsu aims to control the other person without damaging them, so it sounds perfect for what we’re doing,” he said.
Currently, the company offers free lessons to school teachers and staff. It involves learning techniques such as protecting yourself from punches and chalk.
“Being at the right distance from the attackers. I can’t let them hit me. I can’t let the attackers control my position,” Sakai said.
Legally, teachers cannot touch students without their consent. However, in a February interview, the Clark County Education Association states that in extreme situations, it can act like self-defense.
“There are NRSs that allow educators and staff to protect themselves, but again, to what level?” Said Marie Naces, President of CCEA.
According to Sakai, teacher training is strictly self-defense. He says it’s all about spreading violent situations.
“It’s that self-confidence. That sense of calm. It’s peaceful. It trains your mind in front of your body,” he said.
He says a handful of teachers in attendance were surprised at the lessons and, like other good teachers, Sakai encourages them to continue learning.
“Come and check us out and understand that it’s not what you think. It’s actually very wise,” he said.
Sakai says he plans to have at least one more class for teachers and staff. It will take place on Saturday, May 28th at the Samurai Training Center.