Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

July 8, 2013

Senior self-defense classes at Fair Park

By Tina Taylor
Chronicle contributor

— If you were caught off guard and were suddenly attacked in a parking lot, what would you do? Unfortunately, seniors are prime targets. Most folks do not have a clue what they can do, unless they have had some kind of prior defense training.

The students who have recently graduated from the FPSC senior self-defense class now have better self confidence in handling an attack. They have been promoted to Bronze Star Phase I of the Mongoose Compact Cane Defense. 

Instructor Larry Potter, who is a fifth degree black belt and a Marine of the Vietnam War, feels very strongly that everyone of any age or handicap needs to be ready to defend themselves rather than just allowing themselves to fall victim.

In his next 10-week class, he will be covering several different defense tactics, such as empty hand, just using your bare hands, which most of the time that is all you have to defend yourself; and cane defense because criminals think seniors who walk with a cane is easy money.

Potter is excited about bringing to his class the Jo-Staff Walking Stick  Defense, which is always effective. Then he will also be teaching other improvise weapons, which are common everyday handy items such as car keys, ink pens, credit cards and more — minimum effort with maximum results. Going through the moves will help you to recall what to do when you need it.

Potter invites every senior to come and try it. You will enjoy and learn more than you might think. Everyone has fun. The next class will start this Friday, July 12, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the center. Bring your walking canes and sticks. Call today to get signed up and learn more.


Also this is the second Friday of the month, which is breakfast with a doctor day. This month's speaker from Cumberland Medical Center, Suzanne Azzazy, will talk about “cough” and how it can be related to GERD or stomach issues. Caris Health Care will be sponsoring the bingo game and calling numbers. All seniors are welcome.

If you are needing help with your new smartphone or tablet, signups are currently being accepted for upcoming classes on "Apples and Androids." All the educational classes at Fair Park are sponsored by Hood Funeral Home.

Fair Park Senior Center is open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with some extra activities at night. The center is across the street from the Cumberland County Fairgrounds at 1433 Livingston Rd. in Crossville. You can also visit the center’s website at to keep up-to-date on the latest programs and activities that are being offered, as well as online versions of the center’s monthly newsletter, “Newsline.” Call them at 484-7416.