Judy Ann joins women's self-defense seminar

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 24 2014 05:01 PM | Updated as of Mar 25 2014 02:00 AM

Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo in a Krav Maga training session. Photo courtesy of IKMF Philippines

MANILA – Kapamilya star Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo is inviting all women to join her in a free self-defense seminar this weekend aimed at curbing incidents of rape and domestic violence.

Santos-Agoncillo will be part of “Fight Like A Girl,” a seminar organized by International Krav Maga Federation Philippines for the benefit of Women’s Crisis Center.

It will be held at the Bahay ng Alumni at the UP Diliman Campus in Quezon City on Saturday, March 29, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Trained in Krav Maga herself, Santos-Agoncillo stressed the need for women to know how defend themselves not only from abusive partners, but also from robbers, rapists and other criminals.

“Kailangan talaga ‘yung mga kababaihan alam kung paano dipensahan ang sarili nila. Kasi sa panahon ngayon, kadalasan may rape, mga nabubugbog na babae. Ang daming krimen na nangyayari ngayon involving women,” she said in an interview on radio DZMM on Monday.

After training in Krav Maga for her recent soap on ABS-CBN, “Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala,” Santos-Agoncillo partnered with the Women’s Crisis Center to help empower victims of domestic violence.

The Kapamilya star hopes that many women will take part in the free seminar to support their cause.

“Libre po ito… Lahat po ng kababaihan pwede po sa Sabado,” she said.

General principles of Krav Maga, a self-defense system developed in Israel, include counterattacking, targeting a person’s most vulnerable points such as the eyes and throat, and neutralizing an opponent as quickly as possible.

Its techniques have been used in a number of movies such as Jennifer Lopez’ “Enough” and in the “Taken” series starring Liam Neeson.

For more information on “Fight Like A Girl,” call (02) 211-7261 or 0917 894-2728 or visit the IKMF Philippines Facebook page.