Self-defense class prepares women against would-be attackersUPDATED 7:25 PM HST Jul 26, 2014Video Transcript
For a group of local women, a big part of empowerment is self defense. KITV 4's Ashley Moser has more on how the group is prepared to PREVENT potential attackers. 13 45 It's not the most traditional way to prepare for college... nat hi-yah But for 18 year-old Haelee Tallett it's the smartest way. Haelee Tallett says "YOU DON'T WANT TO WAIT FOR A SITUATION TO HAPPEN AND NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO, WE'D RATHER BE PREPARED." Her goal -- to be able to defend herself during an attack. Especially because she is a young woman. Haelee Tallett says "THEY ARE VICTIMS AND THEY ARE PUT IN SITUATIONS WHERE THE ARE VICTIMS AND IT'S REALLY SAD." She's among dozens of women who are learning to protect themselves using non lethal weapons here at the Smith Taekwando Center. Trainer Master Smith says the proper use of pepper spray can often prevent these attackers from achieving their goal. Master Smith says "UNFORTUNATELY IT'S LIKE A LOT OF OTHER WEAPONS SYSTEMS. PEOPLE DON'T TRAIN WITH IT AND PROBLEMS HAPPEN." But he's working to change that by training his students to first -- scream for help! NAT screaming Master Smith says "THEY NEED TO LET THAT PERSON KNOW THAT THEY ARE NOT GOING TO BE A VICTIM. TELL THEM LOUD, GET AWAY FROM ME, BACK OFF." Then to spray -- pepper spray in a "z" pattern hitting the perpetrators eyes, nose and mouth. 2:13:14 nat of spray He says not to wait until the attacker is closer to use the spray. The projection of the can is about 3 to 10 feet and he warns it may take a moment for the attacker to feel the full effects of the chemical. Nat He says attackers often look for women that are quiet and shy so he teaches his students to be vocal to get the attention of people around them. Master Smith says "THE PUBLIC HAS A MORAL RESPONSIBILITY TO ASSIST WHENEVER WE SEE OUR NEIGHBOR IN NEED." And with that Haelee and the group are prepared to never let an attack happen. Nat "NOT EVEN ONCE" Ashley Moser -- KITV 4 News. Pepper spray is legal in Hawaii to purchasers 18 and older. Trainers recommend you buy two, one to keep in your purse and another to practice with.