Realtors focus on real life situations in self-defense classes

DENVER (KDVR) — A Denver-area realtor who grew increasingly concerned about her safety while showing ads to people she’s never met has decided to learn how to defend herself. Not with a gun, but with a knife.

It’s a beautiful day in Washington Park where we find real estate agent Adele Lewis. But she’s not learning to stay in shape, she’s learning to fight.

Self-defense instructor Eric Mayes, who founded Reflex Mode Self-Defense, said the first step isn’t to be a victim, which isn’t easy for most people.

“It’s a huge step for most people because we’re kind of conditioned by society to be polite,” Mayes said.

Lewis said his decision to take a course like this came after hearing about a real estate agent being attacked while showing a listing.

“I was completely shocked, and I actually said to our team, because we were all on a text thread, ‘We need a self-defense class, we should do this,'” he said. Lewis told FOX31’s Dan Daru.

Verbal skills, knife-wielding techniques, and simple concepts that Mayes says can make all the difference if someone is targeting you.

“When you decide, ‘I’m going to do this to protect my family or to protect myself,’ that’s the biggest step, then go find responsible training,” Mayes said.

Mayes’ students don’t learn to kill but to neutralize the situation and run away.

“Sometimes it causes harm and sometimes it’s just a willingness to cause harm that people will notice and back off,” he said.

Her students said the classes they were taking fit the bill.

“It’s hands-on experience and I won’t get it anywhere else. I won’t get that unless I get attacked when I need it. So I prefer to know what to do and when I have to do it,” said Theresa Byrne, one such student.

The last place Lewis thought she would be in danger shows a list, but if it happens, she’s grateful she now knows how to react.

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