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Learn To Disarm a Shooter: Free Class Sunday

In the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown CT, Masada Tactical in Pikesville will train people to act, even before emergency responders arrive.

A Baltimore County self-defense instructor is leading a free class Sunday on how to disarm a shooter.

Tzviel BK Blankchtein, owner and chief instructor at Masada Tactical in Pikesville, said it's his way of helping to protect the community, especially teachers, in the wake of the Dec. 14 Newtown, CT, school shootings.

Until officials can find a permanent solution for protecting the schools, it's best to learn self-defense skills to save yourself and others against a shooter in a school or office building, he said.

"The reality is that there is no easy solution," Blankchtein said, noting that it could take between 5 and 30 minutes for law enforcement to get to the scene and take action.

"It will be up to the individual on the site. If there's a shooter, you have to know how not to be a sitting duck," he said.

On Dec. 14, Adam Lanza broke into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. With a high-powered, military-style rifle, he shot and killed 20 children and six adult educators.

He also killed himself and, officials discovered, he had allegedly killed his mother.

The Masada class Sunday, titled Handgun Defenses and Disarm for the School System, will be held at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson and will focus on teachers: How they can protect themselves and others in emergency situations.

But the class is free and open to all, Blankchtein said.

"If you work in a large office building, you have the same risk," Blankchtein said. "We are doing our part to empower the community. It's open to anyone who might be a risk at one point."

The course will be held 1-3 p.m. Sunday at GBMC's gymnasium. It's near the Region III Alternate Care site, and adjacent to the South Chapman building near where the GBMC and Sheppard Pratt campuses meet.

Blankchtein is a former member of the Special Services for the Israel Defense Forces.

For nearly seven years, he and his trained instructors at his Pikesville studio have been teaching self defense skills to civilians, law enforcement and hospital personnel throughout the US, including at GBMC.

They teach Israeli Combat System techniques that are current with IDF.

Masada Tactical also provides security through its Masada Tactical Protective Services division.

Directions and info

To get to the class Sunday, take the entrance to Shepherd Pratt Hospital off of North Charles Street, onto Gatehouse Drive.

Find the South Chapman Building, at 6545 North Charles St., and go to the gym nearby.

There's no need to register, Blankchtein said. For more information, or to let them know you're coming, visit the Handgun Defenses and Disarm for the School System event's Facebook page.

Masada Tactical offers other free classes as well, including a Valentine's Day special workout for couples, 6-7 p.m. Feb. 14 at Masada Tactical, 1414 Reisterstown Rd., 2nd floor.

For more information, call Masada at 410-415-6015.

Tim January 02, 2013 at 05:10 PM
IP Bans for all of them. Not a perfect solution, but the easiest. In the end though, trolls will be trolls. They crave the attention and can't help themselves.
the Mad Man January 02, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Albeit, taking a rifle from a mass shooter may be to advanced for most of us, we should still take defense classes......Who knows some day it could help. Perhaps a few in Krav Maga and a few in Aikido also, and please, I am not saying one is better than the other. Just suggesting you find the one that works best for you.
the Mad Man January 02, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Tim, good idea about ip ban but the ave joe can change his ip address in about 30 seconds.
the Mad Man January 02, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Bottom line is that bad guys are bullies....take the gun away and another word would be used........Stop the bullies and way you can.
FIFA January 02, 2013 at 08:05 PM
Has anybody here seen my old posts? Can you tell me where they've gone? They freed a lot of people, But it seems the good posts die young. You know, I just looked around and they're gone. Yes, lifted from the song Abraham, Martin, and John.

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