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In wake of bias attacks, free self-defense classes offered

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A group is taking a stand, learning how to defend themselves against anti-gay attacks. In light of several recent assaults the city, the Chok Sabai gym offered free self-defense training sessions.

Head trainer and martial arts expert Natalie Fuz explained and demonstrated the Thai martial arts technique the group is learning. She showed me a couple moves. This is one woman you do not want to mess with.

Desmond Cadogan formed the group, spreading the word about it on social media.

Some of those training today have had suffered a personal loss because of anti-gay violence violence. Todd Bruce's roommate was killed in 2006, the victim of a hate crime attack.

Other training sessions are planned, with more people stepping up, punching, kicking and learning how to take a stand against the violence.

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