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Handicap self-defense class
People with disabilities could be easy targets for criminals.
But one self-defense instructor says it doesn't have to be that way.
As Channel Three's Laura Hussey tells us, he teaches from personal experience.
Anyone can be attacked, anytime, anywhere. The message from Martial Arts Instructor Patrick Boretsky is anyone can fight back, including someone with a disability.
In a wheelchair since he was a child, Patrick Boretsky learned early what it means to be vulnerable.
"People see somebody with a disadvantage and it's like putting a giant "x" on your back," said Patrick.
Boretsky proves that assumption could be an attacker's worst mistake.
Along with Karate Instructor Joe Cayer, he demonstrates what determination and training can do.
Boretsky says it's all about preparation, so when the time comes, knowing what to do is second nature.
"Anything can be used as a weapon and to defend yourself. Car keys, a woman's purse, grocery bags even."
In partnership with the Okaloosa Sheriff's Office, he's preparing to teach his first self-defense seminar for people with disabilities.
Joe Cayer said, "He demands a lot of attention because of his own challenge."
"Yes, everybody can learn self defense. Age, handicap, challenge it doesn't matter. He has a technique for them and that's going to work."
Boretsky says he wants to empower people, and help them discover the same self-confidence he's found.
"I don't like bullies. And I don't like the idea of somebody taking advantage of somebody else because they're bigger, stronger, faster," said Patrick.
The workshop is this Saturday, from 10:30 'til 11:30 at the Meridian at Westwood, in Fort Walton Beach.