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Edmond city employees learn self-defense

Grandchildren played a role in the decision by Edmond city employees to sign up for a self-defense class. Some were sore after practicing techniques learned in the four-week course taught by Edmond police.
by Diana Baldwin Published: April 26, 2012

— Safety for their grandchildren is one of the reasons some Edmond city employees signed up for a four-week self-defense class for women.

“My fifth grandbaby is on the way,” said Terry Lanham, Edmond Convention and Tourism Bureau marketing coordinator. “At any one time, I may have one or more babies with me, and I want to be able to protect them more.”

Linda Cresse, an accounts payable employee, said she was thinking about her grandbaby when she signed up for the course. She even talked her daughter, Magen Malin, into joining her.

“If I can get the babies in the car, they can take me,” Cresse said.

“I had my grandkids in the back of my mind when I signed up,” said Lila Judkins, a municipal court deputy court clerk.

Lanham and 19 other women are learning from Edmond police a variety of ways to make sure they are safe.

“We are teaching them how not to become a victim,” said police Sgt. Jeff Richardson, one of the instructors.

The course started with a week of classroom instruction followed by practicing self-defense techniques.

The next day, several of the participants admitted to aches and pains.

“I was a little sore,” Lanham said. “I think the real test is to come.”

Cresse's shoulder and Judkins' hands were sore, but that isn't keeping them from the classes held each Thursday night through May 3.

“I love it,” Cresse said. “I think a lot of my classmates and the instructors. The class is awesome.”

“Everyone in the group is encouraging,” Lanham said. “There are different ages and heights and the instructors help us based on our skill set. It is great.”

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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