Women’s Hand-to-Hand Combat Clinic in Cedar City


Women will learn self-defense tactics at an Oct. 17 and 18 clinic in Cedar City.

Learn proven methods and combat tested techniques to survive an attack

Cedar City — Getting outdoors is one of the safest and most enjoyable experiences you can have. But, for some women, the thought of getting outdoors on their own creates some anxiety.

You can overcome some of that nervousness by attending hand-to-hand combat and self defense training on Oct. 17 and 18 in Cedar City.

This event—which is open only to women—will be held from 6 – 9:30 p.m. at the DWR’s Cedar City office, 1470 N. Airport Rd. To register for the clinic, or for more information, call Heather Talley at 435-868-8756.

This event has been organized for Women in the Outdoors (WITO) and is being hosted by the Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) and The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).

“The event will help you feel safer through learning proven self-defense techniques,” says Talley, regional wildlife recreation specialist for the DWR.

Dan Kiddler, a member of the Marine Corps’ elite Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Company (FAST Company) will instruct the two-part, two-day clinic. Proceeds from the training ($20 per person) will be given to the Canyon Creek Women’s Crisis Center in Cedar City.

Kiddler says learning principles of surprise, speed and violence of action, coupled with awareness, can help women feel confident that they can avoid an attack. “If you can’t avoid an attack,” he says, “you can quickly incapacitate an attacker in order to escape. By learning the same battle-proven techniques used by our military forces, you’ll become more empowered. And you’ll have greater confidence and peace of mind.”

Kidder engaged in combat operations in a variety of theaters, including Operation Desert Storm. He has more than 19 years experience as a defensive tactics instructor. He’s taught agents with the FBI, the US Secret Service, the CIA, the US Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as local and state law enforcement agencies.

“Now,” Talley says, “this nationally recognized instructor is bringing these same tactics and techniques to you.”

In addition to the Oct. 17 and 18 clinics, Talley says NWTF chapters in Utah regularly host other WITO events annually. These events include archery, shotgun shooting and various introduction to hunting classes. “This self-defense training will be a fantastic opportunity for those who attend,” she says.

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