The Coastal Self Defense Academy is holding its fifth annual fundraiser today in Santa Barbara.
The organization was founded 5 years ago by Teri Coffee McDuffie to help people in the most vulnerable populations learn fundamental self-defense techniques.
“Whether it’s a yell or putting their hands up, it helps them feel more aware and safer but also more respected that they are worth in using time and energy,” said McDuffie.
The “Sippin’ at Sunset” event is an outdoor fundraiser that features a variety of activities including live music, inspirational speakers and demonstrations. Speakers from the Braille Institute, Girls Incorporated and United Cerebral Palsy will be present.
McDuffie also says that while protection is a pillar for the organization, so is confidence, independence and empowerment for people who may be in immediate danger and might not be able to help themselves.
“Empowerment when it pops into our minds is thinking we can punch and kick and move away from people with confidence,” said McDuffie. “Empowerment to people that face challenges is sometimes reacting in the moment. So, empowerment might sometimes be using an alternative.”
Proceeds go directly to CSDA’s efforts to provide direct for those who are often targeted by predators, criminals, abusers and bullies. CSDA programs are provided at no cost to participants.
The event starts at 4:30 p.m. at 1485 La Cima Rd. in Santa Barbara. For more information, see the academy’s website.