Pelham Bay women prepare to defend themselves

Monica Pedone and Laurel Leckert learn one way to avoid an attacker — kick them right in the gut.
Photo by Aracelis Batista

A martial arts center in Pelham Bay tought women to defend themselves — for free. Bronx Jiu-Jitsu on Crosby Avenue near Middletown Road held a free community outreach women’s self-defense class on Saturday, July 26.

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Instructor Racheal Piazza looks on as her students Alexis Hancock and Amber Marriott work on what’s called a “technical stand up.”
Photo by Aracelis Batista

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