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Williamsburg Gym Offering Self Defense Class

Marissa Talley and Maira Caballero are teaming up to host a self defense class (Studio360)

WILLIAMSBURG— Maira Caballero and Marissa Talley have teamed up to offer a self defense class at Studio360 in Williamsburg.

Caballero, a student at Studio360 and Talley, the owner of Studio360, are both professionally trained in different forms of martial arts. However for Talley, she wanted to offer Williamsburg residents a chance to learn proper techniques in a non competitive way.

“A lot of martial arts is intimidating for people who just want to learn self defense tactics. There is a huge need for self defense classes with the way the world is. To be able to offer it in a setting where it’s strictly self defense and not showing any of the sport jiu jitsu or boxing, it’s less intimidating and less committal for people that are looking to just learn,” Talley said.

Students in the class will learn defense tactics for all types of potential situations. Talley and Caballero will teach grip breaking, breaking out of being pinned against a wall, proper choking techniques, and striking.

“Just hitting someone is not always effective,” Talley said. “People will keep going through pain and injuries. Teaching this class raises a different situational awareness that people have. You will walk away from this class with a realistic understanding about your body and your capabilities.”

Proper defense techniques will be taught during the seminar at Studio360 (Studio360)

The studio will offer the class three times a year. The class will be a 12 week seminar with physical skill building and conversation. The summer class will run from May 28 through Aug. 17 on Tuesday nights from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

“We live in a world where you truly never know what is going to happen,” Caballero said. “The reality is that if you feel comfortable in defending yourself, a lot of times that can also enable you to be able to deescalate situations better. If you are unable to handle what you need to handle, you feel more confident with the proper training. The proper training allows you to navigate the world in a better way.”

Athletic clothing for the class is required and the class is open to those 12 and up. Younger children are permitted to take the close with an adult partner. The cost for the class is $250 per person. Discounts are available for first responders, health care workers, teachers, students, and family of current Studio360 members.

To learn more about the class or to sign up, visit

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