UM Campus Recreation to Host Women’s Self-Defense Seminar

March 29, 2018

MISSOULA – University of Montana Campus Recreation, in partnership with Sakura Warrior Arts, will host a women’s self-defense seminar from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, and Thursday, April 12, in Fitness and Recreation Center Room 3.

“We are looking forward to offering something unique that serves women on campus,” said Emily Simpson, senior assistant director of UM’s Fitness Programs. “And Campus Recreation is excited about working with Sakura Warrior Arts.”

Sakura Warrior Arts is a Missoula training facility specializing in self-defense. The dojo, celebrating its 40th year in Missoula, was founded by the world-renowned Jim Harrison, whose fighting style Bruce Lee called “simple and deadly.” Harrison’s grown children, Torr Harrison and Tania Harrison-Brazda, now run the dojo.

“Participants will learn tactics to distract, incapacitate and escape,” Torr Harrison said. “They will gain an introduction to anti-abduction and self-defense. Essentially, they’ll learn how to fight back and distract an assailant long enough to get away.”

The seminar will give women practical, effective techniques that target vulnerable areas such as the eyes, nose, throat, groin and knees.

“Over the past few months, we’ve mentioned to students the possibility of offering a self-defense course,” Simpson said. “The response was positive, and many students were looking for an opportunity like this. The seminar will help us gauge the interest on campus, and if it goes well, we’re hoping to offer a more in-depth course in the future.”

 “I’m excited to take a self-defense class because I think it will be really fun and informative,” said UM student Maggie Mitzel. “I’m glad this is happening right on campus because it makes it easy for students like me to attend and learn skills that will be very beneficial.”

The cost of the seminar is $25. Registration is available through the Campus Recreation online portal at

For more information call Simpson at 406-243-2833 or email


Contact: Emily Simpson, senior assistant director, UM Campus Recreation Fitness Programs, 406-243-2833,