Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

March 10, 2014

Seniors can learn to defend themselves at Fair Park

CROSSVILLE — We all know the world is getting more dangerous every day. It would be a good idea to know a little bit about defending ourselves when caught off guard. A fifth Senior Self Defense Beginner Class will be starting the end of this month. Instructor Larry Potter may be a senior himself, but he is more than qualified to teach this subject. He has won many kinds of awards in this area. Currently, he is a fifth degree black belt in karate and in American free style. He  also holds a third degree in free style self defense. As if being a Marine and Vietnam veteran wasn’t enough!

Potter uses hands-on role play with each individual to demonstrate the same techniques many police departments use. Learning to use improvised weapons is turning any every day item into a weapon. You have to use what you have handy in defending yourself in a split second, which is important.

He teaches everyone, whatever level they are on. He feels it is very important for everyone, no matter their handicap, to be ready. Most everyone who start taking his classes always come back to the nex, because they really love it. First 10 weeks earns bronze star. Second 10 weeks is silver star and the third 10 weeks gets participants the gold star. Then you start on the green, brown and finally the black belt.

Sign up at the front desk for the beginner’s class, which will be starting Friday, March 28, at 1 p.m. Cost is only $5 per class.

Fair Park Senior Center's next fund-raising event is coming up soon. Everyone who has a talent needs to get signed up for the fourth annual Crossville’s Got Talent Show. Auditions are will be Saturday, April 5, for those who are interested in showcasing their talents in the show. All kinds of talent are encouraged to enter and maybe win. The sponsors for this great show are Mayberry’s Furniture Store on Main St; Mayberry’s Interior on Peavine; Simonton Cheese House on Hwy 127; South Antiques and Collectibles Market Place; and 5th Street Market Place and Café on West Ave.  

This Friday is CMC’s “Breakfast with a Doctor,” with Dr. Todd speaking on skin infections, starting at 10 a.m. Caris Healthcare sponsors the second Friday every month.

Then Terry White, of the Crossville City Police Dept., will discuss the importance of Crime Stoppers in local neighborhoods.

Scott Bruton of Computer Ministries is currently teaching a class on using Windows 8, smart phones, pads and tablets. If you need some instructional help, call Tina at 484-7416 to sign up for the next class.

The senior center is at 1433 Livingston Rd., across from the Fairgrounds. It is open to seniors Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with some evening classes. Check out the website to learn more at http://www.fairparkseniorcenter.org or call 484-7416.

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