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Students Learning the Art of Self-Defense with Claflin University Course

Nov 08, 2011


Claflin University Adjunct Professor James Bowman, left, teaches his students a variety of self-defense techniques in his class, which meets weekly.

According to the State Law Enforcement Division, a violent crime occurs nearly every 16 minutes in South Carolina. Claflin University Adjunct Professor James Bowman is helping make sure his students don't become a statistics with a self-defense course held on campus.

Bowman, a sixth-degree black belt, has 38 years of martial arts experience in taekwondo and jujutsu. He is teaching a group of about 30 students ways in which they can defend themselves in the event of an attack.

“I am learning different strategies to overcome altercations,” said Deidre Brown, a freshman biology major from Wagner, S.C. “I think everyone should take a self-defense class.”

Brown's favorite move is blocking an attacker from choking her and then putting them in a wristlock. “I was surprised that there are so many ways to defend yourself other than throwing a punch,” she said.

Bowman instructs students on a variety of techniques such as wristlocks, punches and choke defense. A 1982 graduate of Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Bowman says his fall semester class is the best and most attentive yet.

“This is important because many people think they can defend themselves until they actually get into a dangerous situation,” Bowman said.

Bowman owns a martial arts studio in Orangeburg and is also a certified personal trainer.

Senior Justin Smith, a business management major from Orangeburg, says the class is valuable.

“I know how to defend myself and get away now rather than just fight,” said Smith. “I feel like I'm learning a lot.”

For more information on Bowman's self-defense class, contact him by phone at (803) 937-6910 or by e-mail at


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