Fighting chance

. April 29, 2013.
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Bad guys better not mess with Chelsea teens, where girls are training in Krav Maga, the self-protection system employed by the Israeli Defense Force. Dexter dad Mike Trester, owner of Commando Krav Maga Chelsea & Kitchi Tae Kwon Do studio, is offering new Fight Like a Girl courses in an effort to help area youngsters develop the skills and poise to take care of themselves in even the worst jam. “I liked the philosophy. It’s based on engaging and disengaging as quickly as you can,” says Trester, who was trained by former Israeli commando Moni Aizik. “It’s based on, ‘what if…”

Krav Maga, which focuses on instinctive movements learned through real-life training techniques, was developed by the son of a former circus acrobat and wrestler from Bratislava, Slovakia. At Trester’s popular once-a-week, women’s-only drop-in class for ages 12 and up, and at weekly mixed gender sessions for teens and adults, participants start with a 10 minute warm-up to sharpen their general physical fitness. They work on special topics, like how to escape from a headlock and disarming opponents. “We’ll do different drills and then practice surprise attacks,” Trester says.

Trester taught the methods to his own daughters, and wanted to spread that knowledge to other teens and their parents. “You worry about them being alone. I want them to have the confidence [to say] that if something happens, ‘I’m not going to let this guy win,’” he said. “You get a warrior mindset that you can’t be defeated.” $5-$40. Times and dates vary; drop-ins welcome. 14495 N. Territorial Rd., Chelsea. 734-904-5003. www.kitchi.info.