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Members of JTF-Bravo learn to defend themselves

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dayne Tosi, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Specialist assigned to Joint Task Force-Bravo operations cell, goes over the basic concept of self-defense to a class of ten students on Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Feb. 10, 2015.  The self-defense class was held to teach personnel assigned to JTF-Bravo about the importance of using self-defense to escape a violent situation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dayne Tosi, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Specialist assigned to Joint Task Force-Bravo operations cell, goes over the basic concept of self-defense to a class of ten students on Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Feb. 10, 2015. The self-defense class was held to teach personnel assigned to JTF-Bravo about the importance of using self-defense to escape a violent situation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Martina Chesonis, Joint Task Force-Bravo logistics, asks a question during a self-defense class on Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Feb. 10, 2015.  The self-defense class was held to teach personnel assigned to JTF-Bravo about the importance of using self-defense to escape a violent situation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Martina Chesonis, Joint Task Force-Bravo logistics, asks a question during a self-defense class on Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Feb. 10, 2015. The self-defense class was held to teach personnel assigned to JTF-Bravo about the importance of using self-defense to escape a violent situation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dayne Tosi, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Specialist assigned to Joint Task Force-Bravo operations cell, demonstrates techniques to maintaining an offensive range with your attacker during a self-defense class on Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Feb. 10, 2015.  The self-defense class was held to teach personnel assigned to JTF-Bravo about the importance of using self-defense to escape a violent situation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dayne Tosi, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Specialist assigned to Joint Task Force-Bravo operations cell, demonstrates techniques to maintaining an offensive range with your attacker during a self-defense class on Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Feb. 10, 2015. The self-defense class was held to teach personnel assigned to JTF-Bravo about the importance of using self-defense to escape a violent situation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dayne Tosi, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Specialist assigned to Joint Task Force-Bravo operations cell, and U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Lyanna Pena-Lewis, JTF-Bravo communications superintendent, demonstrate techniques to escape your attacker during a self-defense class on Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Feb. 10, 2015.  The self-defense class was held to teach personnel assigned to JTF-Bravo about the importance of using self-defense to escape a violent situation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dayne Tosi, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Specialist assigned to Joint Task Force-Bravo operations cell, and U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Lyanna Pena-Lewis, JTF-Bravo communications superintendent, demonstrate techniques to escape your attacker during a self-defense class on Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Feb. 10, 2015. The self-defense class was held to teach personnel assigned to JTF-Bravo about the importance of using self-defense to escape a violent situation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras --  A Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Specialist recently taught a class to ten personnel assigned to Joint Task Force-Bravo about the importance of using self-defense to escape a violent situation.

"The point of this class is to get you to think differently about fighting," said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dayne Tosi, SERE Specialist assigned to JTF-Bravo operations cell. "Violence is a socially destructive behavior that should not be advocated, but there may be cases where violence is necessary to protect ourselves."

The training prepared the students both physically and mentally for what they could experience if placed in a dangerous scenario. The students learned that true self defense is more than just personal protection and learning a set of techniques to escape from an attacker.

"The key is to recognize potential dangers and avoid the situation or threat altogether.  If for some reason you cannot avoid the threat then surviving becomes your ultimate goal," added Tosi.

The course consisted of the basic principles of the psychology of fighting, threat identification, being prepared, maintaining offensive range, ground escape and weapon use.

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