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Posted on: July 9, 2019

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The Summit Police Department is offering a Fight Back self-defense class for women in grades nine and older on Thursday, August 8 from 6PM to 8:30PM at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School. Led by Summit Police Officer and John H. Stamler Police Academy physical training instructor Donald DeFilippis, the free course is appropriate for all ability levels and will focus on useful defense techniques, and situational awareness skills.

“The Fight Back course is an excellent opportunity for women in our community high school age and older to gain practical and important defense skills to help avoid situations where assaults can occur,” explains Summit Police Chief Robert Weck. “It is not just about the best way to fight off an attacker—although we teach ways to respond when physically attacked— it is about learning how to effectively handle things that happen in everyday life.”

Lessons will focus on assessing risk from acquaintances, overcoming emotional barriers in acknowledging danger, and engaging in effective verbal and physical self-defense when necessary.

Chief Weck continues: “The goal of the course is for participants to come away with an awareness and confidence that will keep them safe. If you are in town and available on August 8, I strongly encourage you to bring a friend or family member and take this course.”

There is a plan to hold a self-defense class for middle school-age girls in the next school year.

To register, please send an email with name, age and phone number to by Monday, August 5. Participants are asked to wear comfortable workout clothing for the hands-on training exercises.

For additional information on the women’s self-defense course, please contact Chief Robert Weck at 908-277-2866 or

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