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Learn To Disarm a Shooter: Free Class Sunday

In the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown CT, Masada Tactical in Pikesville will train people to act, even before emergency responders arrive.

A Baltimore County self-defense instructor is leading a free class Sunday on how to disarm a shooter.

Tzviel BK Blankchtein, owner and chief instructor at Masada Tactical in Pikesville, said it's his way of helping to protect the community, especially teachers, in the wake of the Dec. 14 Newtown, CT, school shootings.

Until officials can find a permanent solution for protecting the schools, it's best to learn self-defense skills to save yourself and others against a shooter in a school or office building, he said.

"The reality is that there is no easy solution," Blankchtein said, noting that it could take between 5 and 30 minutes for law enforcement to get to the scene and take action.

"It will be up to the individual on the site. If there's a shooter, you have to know how not to be a sitting duck," he said.

On Dec. 14, Adam Lanza broke into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. With a high-powered, military-style rifle, he shot and killed 20 children and six adult educators.

He also killed himself and, officials discovered, he had allegedly killed his mother.

The Masada class Sunday, titled Handgun Defenses and Disarm for the School System, will be held at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson and will focus on teachers: How they can protect themselves and others in emergency situations.

But the class is free and open to all, Blankchtein said.

"If you work in a large office building, you have the same risk," Blankchtein said. "We are doing our part to empower the community. It's open to anyone who might be a risk at one point."

The course will be held 1-3 p.m. Sunday at GBMC's gymnasium. It's near the Region III Alternate Care site, and adjacent to the South Chapman building near where the GBMC and Sheppard Pratt campuses meet.

Blankchtein is a former member of the Special Services for the Israel Defense Forces.

For nearly seven years, he and his trained instructors at his Pikesville studio have been teaching self defense skills to civilians, law enforcement and hospital personnel throughout the US, including at GBMC.

They teach Israeli Combat System techniques that are current with IDF.

Masada Tactical also provides security through its Masada Tactical Protective Services division.

Directions and info

To get to the class Sunday, take the entrance to Shepherd Pratt Hospital off of North Charles Street, onto Gatehouse Drive.

Find the South Chapman Building, at 6545 North Charles St., and go to the gym nearby.

There's no need to register, Blankchtein said. For more information, or to let them know you're coming, visit the Handgun Defenses and Disarm for the School System event's Facebook page.

Masada Tactical offers other free classes as well, including a Valentine's Day special workout for couples, 6-7 p.m. Feb. 14 at Masada Tactical, 1414 Reisterstown Rd., 2nd floor.

For more information, call Masada at 410-415-6015.

Buck Harmon January 01, 2013 at 11:28 PM
This little pigeon is restless...Patch Pigeon that is...crappin up every thread..
FIFA January 01, 2013 at 11:36 PM
Shut up crybaby bucky boy, you are a troll. You following me around. I'll poo on you again, right in the eyeball. Oh, that's right. You're blind.
FIFA January 02, 2013 at 12:37 AM
Gee, a crazy boy, you figured it out. Where did you do your research? Gee, I knew that crazy boy, I was there. My, my, my. You are a fraud.
FIFA January 02, 2013 at 12:42 AM
PS a crazy boy, those of us who were there, unlike you, it is known as tank hill. Moron.
FIFA January 02, 2013 at 01:05 AM
My barracks were next to the "tank", thus the joke, "tank hill" because it was the highest point. We marched down hill to the ranges and back up hill to the barracks in the sand through the woods.
Josephine Hlatki January 02, 2013 at 01:09 AM
For goodness sake, grow up fellas and stick to the issue at hand. If you want to play cowboys and indians, do it on FB or elsewhere.
FIFA January 02, 2013 at 01:11 AM
Actually Evets, it was next to a small PX, the mess hall was to the right.
FIFA January 02, 2013 at 01:14 AM
Josephine, go take that self defense class, you will feel better in the morning.
FIFA January 02, 2013 at 01:24 AM
Gee Evets, you deleted your comment yet again. Why? It is becoming a habit of yours but it never goes away from your profile. Sad.
Balt Observer January 02, 2013 at 01:38 AM
LMAO...so now Fido is some type of war hero? Good one. Almost as good as the "Stank" stinking up Mom's basement and his hospice dwelling sidekick. Got any more whoppers to tell, Fido?
FIFA January 02, 2013 at 02:00 AM
I see the old BO is back. Never claimed anything but having served my country. What is it you have done BO. Besides mouth off. Go get a gun and stand a post. Oh, that's right, I forgot, you are a chicken hawk. Let others serve, just not you or your family.
FIFA January 02, 2013 at 02:03 AM
Have another New Year's Day beverage BO, you smell.
the Mad Man January 02, 2013 at 02:11 AM
Of course it is known as tank hill cause you want to something basic trainers think that using its' correct name water tank hill is too hard to say. Nope, you were not there, no military person talks in terms of where they took basic training.....nor any training for that matter only where they were after all the training was over....Well, maybe you were there and that is as far as you got........Just by your Vernacular we all know that you are just blowing smoke...no real truth to anything you say. Tank hill aka drag ass hill so drag you stupid ass outta here.
Balt Observer January 02, 2013 at 02:12 AM
Cooking grub in the mess hall doesn't qualify you to comment authoritatively on anything in this article, Fido. Now go back to cowering in the corner, you whiny little puppy. Or are you looking to get dragged through the dirt again like the junkyard dog you are?
FIFA January 02, 2013 at 02:23 AM
a crazy boy who did nothing but talk, did you go AWOL. Mouthy ones like you usually did. While ones like BO would be looking at Canada as an option. crazy boy, you probably did as well. How was Ontario? You like the cold winters instead of the heat here in the US. You and BO were both chicken hawks. Bawk Bawk.
FIFA January 02, 2013 at 02:38 AM
crazy boy, my DD214 shows a honorable discharge. A real man does not question another man's honorable service. You are simply pathetic. Your boy BO has never seen a drill sergeant let alone boot camp. I presume you are simply mouthy and your DD214 shows a dishonorable discharge, as that is what I would expect from someone like you who disrespects another's service. You simply suck. You are the one who would have had a blanket party.
FIFA January 02, 2013 at 02:39 AM
BO never served, ask him. He is a mouth only.
FIFA January 02, 2013 at 02:46 AM
Stupid butt comment. Prove you did! Dumb butt.
Buck Harmon January 02, 2013 at 02:57 AM
A smart Patch administrator would take this link down....it's done...Patch pigeons have thoroughly crapped it up again...
Balt Observer January 02, 2013 at 03:16 AM
LOL...Fido reminds me exactly of the "Stank". Grandiose delusions of grandeur, but the vocabulary of a teenager locked up in Mom's basement. Fido and "Stank" are two birds of a feather.
Josephine Hlatki January 02, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Other Tim, thank you for posting that. I tried to stop the nasty attacks without success and got a snotty remark to me instead. Hope the Patch is watching.
Janet Metzner January 02, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Posts by Sanchez, Buck Harmon, FIFA and Balt Observer have been removed, because they violated Patch Terms of Use.
Paul Amirault January 02, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Are you serious? All of "your" previous posts have been deleted. Not written by you?
Paul Amirault January 02, 2013 at 03:44 PM
These kind of attacking posters has been occurring quite regularly all over the place on the Patch. It seems to happen all the time? How do you stop it?
Janet Metzner January 02, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Editors of the stories keep track, and can delete comments that violate terms of use.
Tim January 02, 2013 at 05:10 PM
IP Bans for all of them. Not a perfect solution, but the easiest. In the end though, trolls will be trolls. They crave the attention and can't help themselves.
the Mad Man January 02, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Albeit, taking a rifle from a mass shooter may be to advanced for most of us, we should still take defense classes......Who knows some day it could help. Perhaps a few in Krav Maga and a few in Aikido also, and please, I am not saying one is better than the other. Just suggesting you find the one that works best for you.
the Mad Man January 02, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Tim, good idea about ip ban but the ave joe can change his ip address in about 30 seconds.
the Mad Man January 02, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Bottom line is that bad guys are bullies....take the gun away and another word would be used........Stop the bullies and way you can.
FIFA January 02, 2013 at 08:05 PM
Has anybody here seen my old posts? Can you tell me where they've gone? They freed a lot of people, But it seems the good posts die young. You know, I just looked around and they're gone. Yes, lifted from the song Abraham, Martin, and John.

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