LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) A Louisville Metro Police officer and trained self-defense instructor is offering a free class on Saturday to make sure women, particularly college students, know how to protect themselves.

Officer Tulio Tourinho was introduced to martial arts with the emphasis on Taekwondo, around the age of five-years-old. After moving to Brazil, he earned first and second degree black belts in Shotokan karate. After college, he went on to the military where he was taught army combat which incorporates Krav Maga and Jiu Jitsu.

He's been teaching free classes since college to help people protect themselves. "I saw a need to teach, especially females, how to protect themselves on college campuses. I was seeing too many people that I knew on college campuses being faced with some kind of predicament involving sexual assault, unwanted sexual contact, and even rape," Tourinho said.

Now, as a police officer, Tourinho said he sees domestic violence situations and assaults often. "I don't work on a campus anymore, but I read enough about it to know there is a rampant problem in the United States regarding sexual assault and it seems to be growing. Unfortunately, the women usually who are the victims of these unwanted sexual contacts don't report it. So, it's overwhelmingly under reported but that's something I'd like to bring into the public psyche so to speak and teach girls, especially the ones who are ready to go to college, some of these techniques in order to perhaps give them a better tool on how to defend themselves if they should face these kinds of situations on their college campuses," Tourinho said.

His class will teach the two basic elements of self-defense: mental preparedness and physical maneuvers. 

The Saturday class is at Better Body Fitness Center, located at 9244 Westport Road in Louisville. The class is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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