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Knowles Karate Academy Raises Funds for Alexandria House

Participants in an introductory women’s self-defense class at Knowles Karate Academy this weekend, which doubles as an annual fundraiser for Alexandria House.


Michael Knowles, owner of Knowles Karate Academy at 4378  W. Third Street, reported to the Buzz this morning that the school’s annual fundraiser for Alexandria House, which takes the form of an introductory self-defense class for women, raised $450 yesterday for the local non-profit.  The funds will help women and children find safe, permanent shelter.  Knowles said a check will be presented at Alexandria House’s Tea & Tour event next weekend.

The fundraiser class, which also provides an introduction to the school’s longer, multi-week women’s self-defense class, is a tradition begun by Knowles he and his wife, Kathy,  opened the school opened in 2016.  The class teaches things like how to escape if you are grabbed, how to strike if you need to, using your voice to scream or demand to be left alone and, if necessary, how to escape an attacker who’s on top of you, then run away.


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Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - with deep roots in both the Sycamore Square and West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill neighborhoods. She spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and has been writing for the Buzz since 2015.

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