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Creating Solutions: UT Tyler Program Brings Self-Defense Learning

August 17, 2007

Officer Heath Cariker and participant in Patriot Defense Class

At The University of Texas at Tyler, students can learn more than the traditional skills offered at a four-year, comprehensive university. They have an opportunity to learn an additional life skill: Self-defense.

One of UT Tyler’s programs, Patriot Defense, offers free one-day classes which teach students the basics of self defense in a professional and safe environment.

The classes are taught by UT Tyler staff members who also are trained self-defense instructors.

At left, UT Tyler police officer Heath Cariker and participant in a recent Patriot Defense class.

“The goal of the program is to teach students the skills necessary to escape from an attacker in the most efficient way possible,” said UT Tyler police officer Heath Cariker, who serves as a class instructor. “The program stresses the principles of self-defense rather than have the students memorize a long list of specifically-defined techniques.”

Patriot Defense is sponsored by the University Police Department in cooperation with the Herrington Patriot Center and the University Wellness and Prevention Education Department.

Classes are held during each semester, including the summer, and participants receive a resource CD to assist them in continuing their training.

The next scheduled class, which is designed for women, is Saturday, Aug. 25. Those interested in participating must pre-register by calling 903.566.7197 no later than Thursday, Aug. 23.

For additional information, contact Cariker, 903.566.7060 or heath_cariker@uttyler.edu.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of nearly 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

Hannah Buchanan
The University of Texas at Tyler
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