LAKEWOOD (CBS4) – A Lakewood gym sponsored a self defense class on Saturday with the goal to empower women to defend themselves when confronted with a dangerous situation.

The event was sponsored by the Rock Boxing Gym on Hampden and Wadsworth. The event was inspired by the disappearance of Kenia Monge from Aurora. She was last seen April 1. Nobody knows what happened to her.

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The focus at the gym was on self defense. Instructors say just taking aim at your attacker doesn’t always work. It also takes practice on specific techniques to startle an attacker.

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“I honestly think that this will save somebody’s life, I really do,” said Monge’s stepfather Tony Lee. “This is a tough defense seminar, slash fundraiser. We’re still trying to raise funds for the Crime Stoppers reward, but that’s secondary to the self defense.”

“I want to try to raise awareness and see if we can get the word out there that we need to be looking toward crime prevention and bring back the buddy system a little bit,” Rock Boxing Gym owner Tasha Morris said.

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The Rock Boxing Gym usually hosts self defense classes free of charge, but Saturday they collected donations for Monge’s Crime Stoppers fund.