Anti-Crime Safety and Protection Seminar Offered to Seniors

Feb 02, 2018

“Refuse to be a victim,” says an upcoming course empowering seniors with martial arts and optional firearms training. The Art of Safety and Personal Protection for Seniors is a series of seminars to be held beginning March 3 at Gold Hawk Studio, 243 Route 9 South in Little Egg Harbor.

The seminars have been co-created by decorated former New York City Police Department officer Fredy Lowe of ThinkSafe, along with Chris Antonucci, owner of Gold Hawk Martial Arts and a former National AAU tae kwon do champion.

“Safety is a choice,” adds the preview message of the course, which is designed specifically for the less agile population.

The seminar’s creators share their collective talents and lifelong experiences in safety and personal protection to make participants “think differently, choose safety, act confidently.”

Awareness of ever-changing surroundings is part of the training. Recognizing potentially dangerous situations is another. Learning “how to act accordingly” is the goal.

The introductory seminar, from 1 to 3 p.m. March 3, leads off with “what, why, how.” Registration is required; the cost of the first session is $10 per person or $15 per couple.

“The first seminar will illustrate easy hands-off, grab-release moves and much more. You will be surprised to find that you already have many tactical abilities, but are just unaware of how to use them.

Said Lowe, who is an NRA-certified pistol instructor, “We will also determine if a firearm is right for you.”

Owning a gun or a N.J. Firearms ID card are not required to attend, course instructors said.

“If you are interested in the sport of shooting, and to learn tactical in-home safety, handling and storage, and to teach your grandchildren gun safety, this NRA Pistol Seminar is your place to start,” Lowe said in a flyer announcing the course.

“Our goal is for you to think differently, choose safety, act confidently and refuse to be a criminal’s victim by understanding how thinking, learning, training and practice precede safe behavior,” Antonucci and Lowe summed up about their joint venture.

For more information and to register online, visit the ThinkSafe website To contact the program operators by phone or email, call 609-833-5992 or email —M.S.

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