Women's safety course may become annual event

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Women's safety course may become annual event

April 21, 2011

 Personal Safety Course attendees
More than 20 women signed up for a personal safety course offered to women as an opportunity to learn a few basic travel and personal safety techniques.  The course was taught by Mike Fike, along with Jeff Fike, Mike Wickware, Tom Mink, Ashley Cramer, Ashton Baggs, Cody Rehder and Chase Miller.
 Fike and Brewer
Delon Brewer, Woodward freshman, enrolled in the personal safety course in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness month at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.  Her instructor, Mike Fike of Fike School of Karate, taught her a few moves that she will be able to use to protect herself in the future.

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Department of Social Work at Northwestern Oklahoma State University partnered with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Mike Fike, owner of Fike School of Karate in Woodward, to offer women a basic travel and personal safety course.

Kylene Rehder, Social Work Department chair, said the course was so successful and received such positive feedback, the department of social work is considering having this as an annual event.

More than 20 women participated in learning travel safety and basic defensive tactics and techniques. The course was taught by Fike, who has more than 30 years of experience in instruction. Fike also is a state trooper with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Other defensive tactic instructors included Jeff Fike, Mike Wickware, Tom Mink, Ashley Cramer, Ashton Baggs, trooper Cody Rehder and trooper Chase Miller.

"I feel so honored and privileged to have been a part of such a fundamental and exciting event,” said Lorrie Corbin, Shattuck junior social work major and student coordinator of the event.

“I learned some of the basic skills to help better prepare myself for defense. I would like to learn more in the future and was very glad to see so many other women learning as well.”

“On behalf of the social work department and participants, I would like to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation to Trooper Mike Fike, the Fike School of Karate, and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for offering such an important course regarding safety to area women,” said Rehder.

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