Sauk Valley women join for lunch & lessons in self-defense

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STERLING, Ill. (KWQC) - The Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce’s (SVACC) Professional Women’s Network committee will be supporting a local businesswoman while also learning how to better protect themselves on October 22nd. The woman run network hosts luncheons on a quarterly basis to support and foster growth for women both professionally and personally and their topic this time around if self-defense.

The women of SVACC will be hosting a Women’s Self Defense Demo & Luncheon in Sterling Tuesday afternoon. The demonstration will be taught by Master Jane Dillon, owner of Legacy Martial Arts studio who has been training for 16 years. She opened the studio at 19-year-old and has been running the business successfully for the past 3.

“We are excited to host this luncheon,” said Professional Women’s Network co-chairs, Nicole Bollman (CGH Medical Center) and Charlotte Dunne (Illinois American Water). She adds, "I just think that with the way the world is going, it just really helps to be a little more safe. Just to have even a tiny bit of knowledge and self-defense."

Dillon's number one piece of advice for women is to stay off their phones but offers some reminders who are found in tough situations, regardless. She tells us, "Always remember bite, kick, scratch, scream... and the main target areas are eyes, nose, throat, solar plexus, groin, and knees. Your elbows and knees are the strongest parts of your body... so you just keep fighting."

While registration is closed for the luncheon, the hands-on self-defense class will be open to walk-ins on Tuesday evening.

• When: Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
• Location: Legacy Martial Arts, 21 E. Third Street, Sterling, IL.