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By Michele Smith
The Times 

Self-defense is topic at Citizen's Academy

Awareness of surroundings and mental preparation are key


April 25, 2019

Michele Smith

Connie Spray (l) and Sheriff Joe Helm, in the Red Man safety suit, practiced practical self-defense maneuvers, during last Friday's Citizen's Academy course on Personal Safety Defense, which was taught by Under Sheriff Robbie Patterson. (looking on)

DAYTON-"We're hardwired for violence. The fact that you are sitting here right now means for generations and generations, there were people in your background who knew how to operate in violence, or else you would not be here today," Columbia County Under Sheriff Robbie Patterson said to the Dayton Citizen's Academy students during last Friday's class.

Patterson said a course on self-defense is actually a course in violence, and he talked about the importance of understanding the difference between social aggression, as in school yard bullying, and asocial violence, which is about destructi...

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