The Nyack College Office of Student Development on the Rockland campus will present a free self-defense class taught by Sensei Luis Velez on Thursday, November 29, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in Room 412 of Boon Campus Center for Nyack students and employees. Participants should wear workout attire (sweatshirt, sweatpants, sneakers). Following the class, a debriefing session will cover reactions and triggers to trauma, strength coping skills and campus resources for victims of emotional or physical assault.
On the important of self-defense, Sensei Velez says, “It should be a value to every one of us. We owe it to ourselves to feel empowered to defend ourselves. I always teach the motto, “It’s better to know a little bit of something than a whole lot of nothing.” He adds, “Once you have tools under your belt, you will feel empowered to tackle everyday affairs. Should unwanted behavior come your way, you can assess better for an appropriate response.”
Luis Velez is a high-ranking instructor for the D.A.S. (Deadly Art of Survival) Karate Federation headquartered in Manhattan’s Chinatown. He holds a third degree black belt in its Sho-Ku-Jitsu system. Luis also has a boxing background and is a level two boxing coach licensed by the U.S.A. Metro Boxing organization that oversees all amateur boxing matches in the country including the Olympics. He has been a part of the martial art and boxing world for more than 20 years, primarily in New York City and the last ten years in Spring Valley, NY where he operates a karate program for youth.