Flushing BID Offers Free Self-Defense Classes for Business Owners Due to Safety Concerns

As Flushing business owners and workers face increasing crime rates in the area, a new initiative is being launched to help combat the issue. The Flushing Business Improvement District (BID) has announced a program offering free self-defense classes to business owners and employees in zip codes 11354 and 11355.

The classes, which run from April 3 through June 5, will be taught by a professional martial artist specializing in Taekwondo at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel Ballroom. Participants will learn essential self-defense techniques focusing on kicking, grabbing, and de-escalation strategies for real-life situations.

Dian Song Yu, executive director of the Flushing BID, hopes that these classes will bring comfort to participants and empower them to protect themselves if necessary. Not all businesses have the resources to hire security guards, especially smaller shops. The Flushing BID aims to make all businesses in downtown Flushing feel safer and more secure by providing essential self-defense training.

With rising commercial retail theft and homeless disturbances making many shop owners feel unsafe, this initiative is particularly important. Concerns about police response times have also added to the importance of equipping small business owners with self-defense skills. By giving business owners and employees the tools they need to protect themselves in the face of rising crime rates, the BID hopes to make a positive impact on the community.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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