Manchester Township Police Patrolman Michael Terranova recently gave a self-defense presentation to the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church Women’s Group (Whiting), teaching them how they can protect themselves in dangerous situations.

The presentation came about after Linda Quinn, the Parish Business Manager and leader of the monthly women’s group, reached out to Chief Lisa Parker, who was eager to accommodate the request.womensgroup

Given his extensive background in martial arts, Patrolman Michael Terranova, who has trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for 10 years and earned a brown belt in the discipline, was selected to teach the class. In addition to his Jiu-Jitsu training, Patrolman Terranova is an amateur boxer and kickboxer who took first place during the 2014 “Public Safety Fight Night” charity boxing match held in Passaic County.

Patrolman Terranova focused his presentation on giving the 15 members of the women’s group tips on how they can improve self-awareness by identifying and avoiding potential threats before they become problems. He also gave the group a brief hands-on demonstration of striking techniques. Ms. Quinn said that the presentation was enjoyed by all who attended.