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Deltas, Girl-Jitsu host self-defense class for women

Deltas, Girl-Jitsu host self-defense class for women

Deltas, Girl-Jitsu host self-defense class for women

Deltas, Girl-Jitsu host self-defense class for women

By H. Richards

      On Oct. 28, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosted a women-only self-defense class in observance of Domestic Violence Against Women Month. The class was instructed by Hansen Sinclair – of the Zeta Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. – and Cindy Garcia, CFO of Girl-Jitsu, LLC. Sinclair is also CEO and founder of Girl-Jitsu, LLC. There were approximately 25 women and children in attendance.

“It’s unfortunate but self-defense classes are considered a luxury more than a necessity in the Black community,” Sinclair said. “No one really thinks about defending themselves until it’s too late. Where I grew up – in Opa-locka – defending yourself meant obtaining a weapon and taking a life. Most situations don’t call for such drastic action, sometimes fighting back is enough to scare off an attacker.”

Sinclair, with the assistance of Garcia, demonstrated basic escapes and counter-attacks using various scenarios. For the women, it was a new, and at times, awkward experience attempting the techniques which included: being grabbed from behind, being grabbed from the front, escaping if someone has pinned you to the floor and is on top of you, hip tosses, leg trips and properly executing a sleeper hold.

Deetra Durham, a member of Delta Sigma Theta’s Social Action Committee, said she learned a lot and felt the participants now look at personal safety differently.

“It’s not something we’re used to, but I saw how excited they were to try most of the techniques,” Durham said.

“I’m glad all these women can see that women can and are allowed to fight back and defend themselves,” Garcia said. “There are a lot of women who are afraid to defend them-selves. Self-defense is not necessarily about beating up someone, but standing up for yourself, whether it’s a bully at school or an abusive spouse.”

Although Sinclair and Garcia are not certified instructors, they have a combined 10 years of experience in both Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). Both train at Rollyson Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Hollywood, Florida, under Master Carlos Rollyson (a seventh degree red and black belt in BJJ).

Rollyson BJJ is part of the Alliance network of schools, which is currently ranked number 1 in the world.

If anyone would like to learn more about self-defense, not just for women and children, but in general, contact Girl-Jitsu at or Rollyson Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at (754) 235-6029.

Rollyson Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is located at 4443 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, FL or


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