ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Instructors with Krav Maga Anchorage said they have seen more women coming to their courses as violent crime rates continue to increase.
"You have women, who, sad to say, come in that have already been attacked," said Cory David, lead instructor with the gym. "It takes a lot of courage to walk through that door and say I don't want to be a victim again."
Ygnacia Vidal is a newcomer. She's a mother of five and had been a victim of domestic violence. She's taking the class for some peace of mind.
"I want to be able to have my children defend themselves," she said.
Her friend, Veronica Page, is a bartender. She's a newcomer as well and said she wants to be able to defend herself just in case.
"A couple years ago, there was a robbery," she said. "I wasn't working that night, but I thought to myself. What would I have done if I had been there?"
Krav Maga Anchorage offers a women's self-defense course once a month. The next course is on Feb. 16.