A Rio Rancho dance studio is making sure everyone can protect themselves.

Christina Daly, the owner of Sparrow Dance Productions, believes everyone has the right to safety. That’s why on the fourth Saturday of every month, she’s turning her Rio Rancho dance studio into a Krav Maga training center for differently-abled people.

“Anyone can be attacked: women, children, even men, so it’s very important to be able to defend yourself,” said Tony McKenzie, a Krav Maga expert. 

During their first class Saturday morning, they taught about a dozen students basic moves like punching and blocking.  

“The way the world is, you’ve gotta be prepared for anything, you know?” said Andrew Collins, a student at Sparrow Dance Productions. 

Daly says she’s been trying to organize this specific class for months, but since the Parkland, Florida shooting last year, they’ve been offering self-defense and active shooter training in the studio. 

“Then it was like okay, but there’s this whole demographic that we’re not reaching, and so pretty much instantly we were like, we need to get to a point where we can start introducing this to our differently abled,” said Daly.

She says she hopes this class will give all of her students the confidence to defend themselves, if necessary. 

The monthly self-defense class is free to people who are differently-abled and their families. 

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