Self Defense Workshop Supports Library Expansion

Learn how to protect yourself, become better prepared, not become a victim, and how to escape choke holds and more at a self-defense workshop

Self Defense Workshop Supports Library ExpansionFernandina Beach, FL – Martial arts expert, Dan Kelly, will teach area residents “how to protect themselves, become better prepared, not become a victim, and how to escape from arm grips and choke holds,” at a special self-defense workshop, Saturday, October 4, at the Fernandina Beach Recreation Center, 2500 Atlantic Ave, Fernandina Beach.

Kelly served with the US Marshall Service, was an Air Force Security Specialist, has a black belt in Aikido martial arts and has led self-defense classes for over two decades. He has scheduled this special workshop as a benefit for the Fernandina Beach Library expansion and renovation that will be completed next spring. Tickets are available for a donation of $20 or more to Friends of the Library (FOL). Kelly is donating his expertise and 100% of the proceeds will help purchase library furniture and equipment.

According to Susan Stanley, director of the Bryceville Public Library which sponsored one of Kelly’s workshops last year, “The workshop is great and suitable for everybody, regardless of prior experience or physical condition. I’m sure every attendee took away a valuable lesson or tip that may save a life.”

Fernandina Beach resident, Artie Lynworth, one of Kelly’s students in aikido martial arts, helped organize the program and will assist participants during the workshop. Lynworth and his wife, Margy, are avid library supporters. “We are proud to have such an excellent library and staff in our community, and thrilled to be part of the expansion project. All of the self-defense event donations go directly to the library expansion. It’s a great way to help the library and to help keep yourself and your loved ones safe,” Lynworth says. All residents 14 years and older are encouraged to attend.

The class will take place from 9 am to noon at the Rec. Center. Class size is limited to the first 50 participants who sign up at the Library with their donation of $20 or more. Tickets are going fast so sign up soon. If there is sufficient interest, a second workshop may be added.

For tickets and more information, visit the Fernandina Beach Public Library, 25 N. 4thStreet, or call (904) 277-7365.

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