Buffalo Chamber Luncheon Features Empowerment

Empower Wyoming trainers Francene Russell and Rob Latimer explain how the classes prepare women and children to keep themselves safe.
Empower Wyoming trainers Francene Russell and Rob Latimer explain how the classes prepare women and children to keep themselves safe.

This month's Buffalo Chamber Luncheon had everything a good action flick should have...fighting, yelling, hitting, kicking and plenty of, well...action.

Empower Wyoming gave a demonstration of their personal safety and self-defense classes, which are designed specifically for women and kids to learn how to set boundaries and defend themselves when necessary.

Francene Russell, who worked with the Los Angeles-based IMPACT personal safety course, asked some of her former colleagues to come to Wyoming and train her staff in the technique. While here, they will also be teaching some local women as well.

During the hour-long demonstration, Rob Latimer, Personal Safety Instructor with IMPACT in L.A., gave the women a target for their hits, kicks, punches, knees to the groin and verbal attacks, giving the luncheon crowd a small taste of what the class is all about.

Russell said she sees this class as just the beginning for the program here in Buffalo and in Wyoming.

The class will continue through this weekend, culminating in a graduation ceremony this Sunday in the Buffalo High School Wrestling Room beginning at 1pm. The public is invited to attend.

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