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Martial arts class offered to help Lakeview combat crime

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August 23, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

Could some well executed karate moves stop a mugger?

Amid growing concerns that crime in Lakeview is on the rise Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) is hosting two free self-defense classes for community members.

The free classes, which will run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 and Sept. 12, are being led by Thousand Waves, a martial arts center at 1220 W. Belmont Ave. Adults and teenagers can enroll.

The first class has already filled, according to a Erin Duffy, a Tunney spokeswoman.

Some Lakeview residents have been raising concerns about a perceived uptick in crime this summer at community policing meetings, but Duffy said Tunney hosts self-defense classes every year.

"It comes at a good time when the community is focused on safety in the area, but it's something we've also offered in years passed," she said. "Safety is a priority and we want community members to have the tools."

Participants can register at

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