ST. GEORGE – On Saturday, Red Hills Tactical celebrated its grand opening of a new business location to accommodate its array of tactical self-defense products and classes.
Erik and Cyndi Jones, who started the company two years ago, said they saw a public need within the community for opportunities to learn about self-reliance techniques. People often lack knowledge or resources to fend for themselves and their families in crisis situations, Cyndi Jones said. “We want to help,” she said.
Self-defense classes are among the services offered on-location at Red Hills Self Defense Academy, under the direction of owner Erik Jones. Beginning one month ago, many of these classes have been taught by acclaimed martial artist Guru Felix Valencia, whom the couple met over a decade ago while living in Los Angeles. Valencia has been contracted to train personnel in several government and law enforcement agencies, including the Los Angeles Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Marshals Service. An inductee into the Karate Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Valencia teaches techniques from both Jiu-Jitsu and a Filipino martial art known as Lameco Eskrima. His classes teach self-defense against a variety of weapons, and certain classes are offered to teach preparedness specifically to women and children.
To this effect, Red Hills Tactical regularly holds a three-hour session to train women in rape prevention. Cyndi Jones said that sexual assault is a particularly worrisome issue, even in St. George, where she noted her heightened concern due to reports of a recent attempted rape on the Dixie State University campus, where her daughter attends.
Other classes include CPR training for babysitters and medical training for Boy Scouts who are seeking to earn merit badges.
In addition to being the company’s co-owner, Cyndi Jones is also the head seamstress. The new location features a sewing room, in which she manufactures and embroiders emergency medical pouches and other gear — custom-made per order. Customers may buy the pouches either independently or stocked with medical supplies as a kit, the most comprehensive of which is called a “Personal Medical Aid Kit,” called a PMAK, and may be purchased for $99.99.
Over the course of the grand opening event, company employees and family demonstrated some tactical sparring and self-defense techniques in the gymnasium. At one point, Erik Jones donned a fully-protective police training suit manufactured by Fist, Inc., and invited attendees of the event to assault him. He and Valencia later went over empty-hand self-defense tactics against weapons.
“As the owner of Red Hills Tactical,” Erik Jones said in a promotional flyer, “my family and I are extremely fortunate to train with (Valencia) and better prepare ourselves in our own personal defense.”
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For information on Red Hill Tactical classes or supplies: 316 S 400 E, D-4, St. George / Telephone 702-580-2851
Ed. note – The concern of the owner heightened was an attempted rape, not a rape; clarification added 8:30 p.m. Names added to Red Hill Tactical team photo featured.
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