Social Work Department partners with karate school to teach women personal safety

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Social Work Department partners with karate school to teach women personal safety

March 25, 2011

 Fike School of Karate
Kylene Rehder, Mike Fike and Lorrie Corbin encourage Northwestern Oklahoma State University women to sign up for this opportunity to learn about travel safety, and to also gain some knowledge on personal safety on April 7 in Woodward.

The Department of Social Work at Northwestern Oklahoma State University is partnering with Mike Fike, owner of Fike School of Karate, to offer Northwestern women a basic travel safety course in Woodward. This class will be offered on Thursday, April 7, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Fike School of Karate located at 2702 Lakeview Drive in Woodward.

The class is limited to 20 people with a required registration fee of $8 that can be made payable to Social Workers Association of Tomorrow (SWAT). To register, email Lorrie Corbin, Shattuck junior and event coordinator, at

This course will focus on teaching travel safety to women and learning basic defensive tactics and personal safety techniques. The course will be taught by Fike, who has been teaching martial arts since 1977. He has owned and operated his karate school since 1994, and has more than 30 years of experience in instruction. Fike also is a State Trooper and has served 22 years with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Woodward Area Coalition in order to support Girl Power, an event designed to empower fifth and sixth grade girls with self-esteem and healthy lifestyles.

“We were excited to coordinate this event because it empowers university women and supports the Girl Power event, which facilitates the growth and development of local young women,” said Kylene Rehder, Social Work Department Chair.