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Self Defense Class with The Brave Way Sunday, July 31

Self Defense Class with The Brave Way

  • Location: Gorton Community Center
    400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Give us 2 hours and we will teach you how to defend yourself The Brave Way!


Sunday, July 31, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost: $35 per person
For ages 7 and up. *All children should be accompanied by an adult*

Description of the program:

Give us 2 hours and we will teach you how to defend yourself.  It is one of the easiest to learn and most effective self-defense systems that you will find anywhere.  The techniques that we teach will stop an attacker immediately.  They are easy to learn and use, don’t require constant practice or years of training to master, and they will work regardless of your age; size; strength; gender; speed; skill; physical ability or disabilities.  You will work with a partner to learn the techniques taught in our class which include defenses against armed and unarmed attackers; single/multiple attackers; standing, sitting and ground techniques; and rape defense/prevention.  You will learn how to anticipate and avoid potentially dangerous situations and how to defend yourself from a physical attack including: grabs; punches; chokes; bear hugs; headlocks; kicks; knives; guns and more from a much larger and stronger attacker.

About the Program and Instructor:

The Brave Way was started over 20 years ago.  It was originally taught to law enforcement officers and has since expanded to teaching schools, hospitals, businesses, scout troops, religious organizations, real estate agents, senior living communities, park districts and so many others over the years.  Our instructors have mixed martial arts backgrounds and hold multiple black belts in various styles.  Our lead instructor is a United States Marine Corps Veteran and has over 40 years of self-defense and combat training experience.  Our goal is to teach as many people as we can to protect themselves and their families.  All of our classes follow Covid-19 Safety Guidelines.


Gorton Community Center is proud to prioritize safety throughout our building. Gorton follows all state of Illinois and CDC guidelines with regard to COVID-19. Following is a summary of current mitigations:

– Unvaccinated patrons should wear a mask in the building
– Social Distancing is encouraged
– Gorton continues to utilize best practices during regular building cleaning

Gorton has Installed active ionic oxidation air purifiers on Gorton’s heating and cooling systems to purify the air and kill airborne pathogens. Gorton Community Center puts the health and safety of our patrons and staff first. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Gorton Center with any questions or concerns at gortoncenter.org


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Class Refund and Cancellation Policy: Refunds will only be given up to one week prior to the first week of class of any session. (The refund period for some classes, which require advanced reservations or purchase of materials, may be more limited.) Cancellations will incur a $5 handling fee for programs costing under $100 and a 10% handling fee for programs with fees of $100 or more. If a class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, you will be notified, and a full refund will be given.

If this class does not meet the minimum participation requirement, you will be notified of the cancellation within one week of the start date.

By purchasing a ticket to an event at Gorton, I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that my child(ren) and/or I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by attending or participating in a program, event or activity and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 at Gorton may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, Gorton employees, volunteers, and program participants and their families. I voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to my child(ren) or myself (including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that I or my child(ren) may experience or incur in connection with my or my child(ren)’s attendance at Gorton or participation in a Gorton program, event or activity (“Claims”). On my behalf, and on behalf of my children, I hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless Gorton, its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from the Claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto. I understand and agree that this release includes any Claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of Gorton, its employees, agents, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in any program, event or activity that took place at Gorton.

Artists, dates, times, prices and fees are subject to change.