Women learn self-defense from former Navy SEALs

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A state-of-the-art facility in Kearny Mesa is holding training classes to teach San Diegans skills to fight back.

A group of women spent Sunday at a former movie set that is now the site of S.O.S.T., also known as Strategic Operations Skills Training, to learn self-defense from former Navy SEALs.

“I would say it’s very intense, very real,” said participant Erica Gonzalez.

The women are put in several scenarios. In the first, they experience a simulated home invasion. Their defense weapon is a 9mm pistol.

During the training, an intruder is seen looking for the person living at the home and confronting them, busting through a bedroom door. The man is given a choice -- leave or get shot.

The other scenario is getting attacked in a parking lot. During the training, a man approaches a woman when she’s not paying attention. She fights back and pulls out a gun.

Retired Master Chief Steven Bailey said these are situations that can happen to anyone at any time.

“So if your head's on a swivel, you won’t get caught in a bad scenario and if you do, you have the power to defend yourself on your hip,” said Bailey.

Bailey said many of these women have never touched a gun, but will now be more aware and know what to do if their life is threatened.

“I’m being trained with a Glock 19 semiautomatic pistol in real-life simulation -- hypo-realistic scenarios -- and really learning so much,” said Gonzales.

All proceeds from Sunday’s training class will be given to cancer research.

For more information on how to join and the cost, visit their website.