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Truckee gym to host free self defense classes

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Every two minutes, a woman is sexually assaulted somewhere in America. In an effort to deter this violent trend and in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Revolution Athletics Training Center (RATC) will offer free self-defense classes throughout April. These free one-hour classes will promote personal safety, increase individual confidence, create awareness of one’s surroundings, and potentially prevent physical violence. On April 19, 20, 26 and 27, females ages 13 and older are encouraged to take part in these active and informative workshops. The workshops are free, but donations will be accepted on behalf of Tahoe SAFE Alliance.

The goal of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent it. To contribute to the cause, RATC will help by educating the Truckee community about essential self-defense skills. Rather than teaching participants to fight, the classes will focus on how to protect oneself in a violent or threatening situation.

“Helping women to be strong and confident is a focus at Revolution Athletics, so we are happy to extend our services to the Truckee-Tahoe community for this important cause by providing information and skills for women to be safe,” said owners Marc and Kelly Cramer. The Cramers will use the fundamentals of Gracie Jiu Jitsu to educate and empower the women of the Truckee- Tahoe Community.

All donations made at the workshops will go to Tahoe SAFE Alliance, a nonprofit, community based organization that helps victims of violence. Tahoe SAFE Alliance provides direct services to victims of violence, including interventions, a safe house, legal advocacy, support services, children’s programs, and prevention and education resources. In 2012 alone, these services helped 729 men, women, teens and children in the community and gave 486 violence prevention presentations to 5,076 children, teens and adults.

RATC is a fitness and martial arts training center, home of Crossfit Truckee and Charles Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

RATC provides a fun, safe, and competitive environment that is welcoming to everyone, regardless of age or ability. The center offers classes and programs for all ages, in strength and conditioning, Crossfit, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, Muay Thai, Judo, and self defense. RATC is located in Truckee at 11357 C. Deerfield Drive behind Bill’s Rotisserie. For more information, hours, and class schedules visit or call 530-448-5346. For updates and specials, “like” Revolution Athletics Training Center on Facebook.

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