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Self defense instructor Nancy Stockwell shows what to do when an attacker (Katie Bullock, 16, of Pleasant Valley) puts her arm around her neck, during a self defense class geared to college-age women in August at Bettendorf Life Fitness Center.

Life Fitness Center will offer self-defense classes for girls in December. Participants will learn how to avoid conflict, protect personal information, date safely and deal with bullying. Physical defense will be taught as a last resort.

Classes available are:

Princess Power, ages 9-12, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, $20

Miss Independent, ages 13-15, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, $20

To register, visit the center at 2222 Middle Road or website at apm.activecommunities.com/bettendorf/home.

For more information, call 563-344-4119.

--Bettendorf News staff

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