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Veteran Officer Returns for Free Self-defense Workshop at MTSU Nov. 11

If you want more training in self-defense to feel safe, MTSU’s Forensic Institute for Research and Education has a free workshop for you.

Law enforcement veteran Levi Montgomery is bringing his decades of experience in police tactics back to MTSU on Monday, Nov. 11, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Murphy Center’s Auxiliary Gym 1.

The workshop is open to the public, but participants must be at least 14 years old. A parent or guardian must accompany workshop participants under 18.

The Forensic Institute for Research and Education at MTSU, also known as FIRE, and the Middle Tennessee Forensic Science Society are sponsoring the 2013 workshop. They brought Montgomery to MTSU for a similar event in spring 2012.

Workshop members will learn basic information about laws protecting both victims and attackers. Montgomery also will demonstrate how to prevent confrontations and defend against attackers if necessary. Organizers say Montgomery’s techniques are practical for anyone, regardless of size or strength.

Montgomery, who is co-owner and chief instructor for Priority One’s BASETAC Training Center in Nashville, developed an extensive background in police tactics, weapons use and martial arts during his law enforcement career, which began in 1979. Special operations groups, including Team MIKE in Kosovo and the H8 (Hostile Area Tactical Escort) teams in Iraq, use his unique methods of controlling aggression in the United States and abroad.

Space is limited in the workshop, and preregistration is required. To register or for more information, go to http://www.csimtsu.com. A searchable campus map with parking notes also is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap13-14.