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With one swift thrust, the three-hundred pound police officer is on the floor, trying hard to mask the pain. I look around. Seventy-eight women stand aghast; within a couple of seconds, however, I see weak smiles break through their apprehensive faces. I smile. This is my handiwork.
During my sophomore year, I organized a community-wide self-defense class.
As I watch Officer Carani escape from her partners headlock, thoughts flash through my head. Why am I doing this? Will anyone ever use this? Then, I meet Amy, a mentally-handicapped girl. Tank you. I not afaid! She is talking about her abusive father. But this is not what catches my attention. Rather, it is the awry grin that follows. In those innocent eyes, I saw an uncomplicated, ingenuous universe smiling at me. I stopped worrying and smiled. Thank you Amy. Im no longer afaid of the world.