Valley self defense class teaches citizens how to disarm possible attackers

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How do you defend yourself when an attacker has a gun and you don’t? A special class is teaching Valley residents the art of deescalating and disarming.

Imagine the scenario: you’re at home and you encounter an intruder in your living room. He has a gun and it’s pointed at a loved one.

 “You’re not the immediate target, but it’s someone you want to protect,” says instructor Derrek Hofrichter.  

He explains that what you do next could change everything.

“Unfortunately with any scenario that we’re practicing it’s because it’s happened before and it’s something people are worried about or that they’ve asked about or they’re thinking about,” said Hofrichter.

Complying with a gunman should always be your first choice, but sometimes that’s just not an option. That’s where this training comes in.

Hofrichter shows his students the correct way to take a firearm away from someone quickly and safely.

“Any time you defend anything there’s an additional risk, but for me, if it were my family member, I would prefer putting myself at risk over them,” said Hofrichter. 

It’s the very first public class of its kind held by East Valley Krav Maga.

Some of these students may be gun owners but know they don’t always have their firearm with them.

“That firearm cannot go everywhere that you go. It cannot go onto an airplane with you, it cannot go into government buildings.”

Others just want to be more comfortable around weapons.

“It really helps you mentally prepare so I don’t feel so scared anymore,” said student Natalia Diaz.

Hofrichter plans to hold more public classes like this in the future. 

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