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4 | April 12, 2018 | The highland park landmark news Self-defense class prepares attendees for the worst Margaret Tazioli Freelance Reporter No woman should be without the basic knowledge of self-defense, the movie character Gracie Hart from “Miss Congeniality” said. “If all else fails, go for the four most sensitive areas of the body. Just remember to SING: Solar plexus, instep, nose, groin,” Hart said as she demonstrated stepping on and elbowing her partner in those four areas. However, the self-defense specialist Michael Theriault, of The Brave Way, said the infamous SING method really is ineffective in practical terms. Consider an 8-year-old being assaulted by a grown man; she wouldn’t be tall enough to even reach his nose, he said. During The Brave Way’s self defense class at the West Ridge Center, 636 Ridge Road, Highland Park, on Saturday, April 7, Theriault taught a group of nine community members finger locks, ear locks and some simple strikes that he says are very effective techniques for people of any size and in almost any situation. One of the participants, Natalie Sorensen, said, “I lived in Chicago and some stuff went down that made me feel uncomfortable, so I think it’s important to be safe because you never know.” The two hours were filled with kicks and giggles while the participants practiced thwarting a theoretical attacker. Charity Johns and Alethea Hoyte-Johns, a mother-daughter duo, practiced the finger twists and tossing each other to the floor, laughing the whole time. Theriault, a technology professional by trade and former chief operating officer, has a passion for martial arts and has been teaching people to defend themselves for more than 17 years. He and his friend were training in martial arts nearly two decades ago when they decided to develop a simple program for their daughters and wives. Then Theriault realized he could make a business out of it. Soon enough, he developed a program for police officers and taught a Please see Defense, 12 Brooke Eliacin, 9, of Highland Park, works her way out of a her mother, Amy’s, headlock. Claire Esker/22nd Century Media Additional markdowns throughout the showroom during the GREEN TAG CLEARANCE Discounts up to 70% off retail on distinctive designer samples for your home. Stop in soon for best selection! Where the best-dressed rooms shop Highland Park the highland park landmark | April 12, 2018 | 5 Call now for the best CD Rates onthe North Shore! 5Year CD 3.00% APY* 4Year CD 2.75% APY* 2Year CD 2.45% APY* 14 Month CD 2.25% APY* Promotional rates available for limited time only! George Dakis Vice President, NMLS# 1637496 direct: (312) 219-9720 Celestina Kwiecien Personal Banker direct: (847) 234-8484 Now Hiring Loan Originators! Bernie Miller Fmr. U.S. Army Captain Executive Vice President, NMLS# 210808 direct: (312) 738-6262 /thefederalsavingsbank /thefedsavbank 664N.Western Avenue, Lake Forest,IL60045 Copyright 2018 ©The Federal Savings Bank | All rights reserved | | Co. NMLS# 411500 Terms and conditions may vary. Subject tounderwriting approval. *Annual Percentage Yield (APY) is accurate asof04/11/2018 and is subject tochange. $10,000 minimum deposit to open and earn the stated CDAPY, assumes interest remains on deposit until maturity. Offer valid for funds not currently on deposit with The Federal Savings Bank. Apenalty may beimposed for early withdrawal, which would reduce earnings. For additional terms and conditions, call (312) 667-1980 or send an email tocontact Based onasearch of amongst banks with physical locations for 60Month, 48Month, 24Month, 14Month CDs inthe Chicago, ILarea on04/11/2018.