— There's little doubt society is changing.
In some ways, it is positive.
But in other ways, it is not.
Increasing violence against women is one of the negative aspects of our changing society.
"I want to teach women how to be safe in today's society," said Carrie Martini, a third-degree black belt instructor who is going to be presenting two free seminars about self-defense.
The seminars will be held at the Community Library of Lake and Salem Township at 518 Easton Turnpike in Hamlin. They will be held in the lower level of the building.
The first seminar will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 and the second will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
Both are free but class size is limited to 20 people. The class will be an hour and a half.
To register, contact Martini at 570-499-4786.
"Awareness," said Martini of what is the most important aspect for women. "Awareness of your surroundings."
For instance, Martini said when going to a store, back into the parking spot "so you can see everything in front of you."
She also said exuding "confidence" is important.
That "proper attitude" includes good posture, having your head up and not talking on a cell phone.
Martini stresses that not getting into a conflict is the most important aspect of self defense.
"Avoid conflict in every possible way," she said.
She also said that in 90 percent of cases, the attacker is someone the woman knows well.
Martini said if something does happen, she teaches people how to get away from the situation.
Martini said cases of domestic violence continue to rise throughout the country — and in this area.
She has contacts with a large variety of people who are aware of the various cases of domestic abuse.
For example, she said some perpetrators are leaving baby car seats along side of the road and waiting for someone to stop.
There are also many documented cases of attacks on women throughout the county.
Martini is an instructor with Wasylyk Karate which has facilities in Newfoundland, Hawley and Honesdale. She is the head instructor in Newfoundland and has been with the group since 2003.
Her teaching is all based on defensive techniques.
It is based on the Tang Soo Do form of martial arts.
That form is based on the following concepts: courage, concentration, endurance, honesty, humility, control of power, tension and relaxation and speed control.
Page 2 of 2 - There are also five principles which are taught from this form:
• Honor your flag and country.
• Obey your parents and elders.
• Respect your teachers and instructors.
• Never misuse your art.
• Always be in self control.
Martini said she encourages women to sign up for the course and, if they are interested, can take a more in-depth course in February.
That will be a six-week course and information will be forthcoming about those classes.
She's also hoping there is enough interest in the free seminars that she can do more in the future.
"Anything I can teach to help people is my goal," she said.