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Ludlow Police Chief - a Jiu Jitsu Black Belt - Leads Women's Self-Defense Class

Statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence show that 1 in 7 women have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.

And 1 in 3 women have been victims of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.

These statistics may be one of the main reasons why the Ludlow Police Department brought women together to teach them basic defense tactics.

At Thursday’s Ludlow City Council meeting, Police Chief Scott Smith reported that his department’s Women’s Self Defense Class was a huge success.

On June 29, the Ludlow Police Department took over the gymnasium of St. Agnes, partnering with the Ft. Wright Police Department, to host its first joint women-only self-defense class. The class focused on surviving one-on-one assaults.

Led by Chief Smith, the former U.S. Army Ranger and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, the class instructed women to utilize moves and techniques that are realistic to their personal abilities.

Chief Smith expressed his plans moving forward. “I’ll probably do one, maybe two more this year.”

The City of Ludlow has been very impressed with Chief Smith’s first year in the city. “Thank you for a really good first year,” Councilwoman Michelle Cartwright said.

Council members went on to reiterate their wishes to establish a walking trail and a biking path, as a component of a plan to revitalize the area.

City council expressed their vision of a trail marked by concrete decals embedded on the path.

The council also informed that Isaiah House, the religious charity, is in need of volunteers.

According to its website, Isaiah House is a donation ministry serving people in need in the Northern Kentucky area. They feed anyone in need at their monthly outreach events at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Covington and at Ludlow Vets.

They are in particular need of volunteers the last Saturday of each month at Ludlow Vets. To volunteer, please contact them at 859-581-FOOD (3663),

Written by K.A. Simpson, RCN contributor
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