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Sensei Joe Roque (third from left) addresses students during a women’s self-defense class taught Saturday, May 31, at Dragon Fire Karate in New Lenox. (Felicitas Cortez/22nd Century Media)
Lauren Favela (right) practices her kicking technique during a women’s self-defense class held Saturday, May 31, at Dragon Fire Karate in New Lenox. (Felicitas Cortez/22nd Century Media)
Felicitas Cortez, Freelance Reporter
5:00 am CDT June 3, 2014

Thanks to Dragon Fire Karate, New Lenox resident Patricia Favela can use awareness, over strength, to stay safe and protected in any situation.

Favela was among several local residents who participated in a women’s self-defense class Saturday, May 31, at Dragon Fire Karate in New Lenox.

“I feel it’s really important to be able to defend yourself,” said Favela, who attended the class with daughter, Lauren, 11.