Investigation Discovery Partners With New York Sports Clubs To Offer Free Self-Defense Seminars In New York City

--Self-Defense Classes to be offered in Support of the Premiere of Investigation Discovery's New Series, SURVIVING EVIL, Premiering on Wednesday, August 28 at 10/9c--

Aug 14, 2013, 12:21 ET from Investigation Discovery

NEW YORK, Aug. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Have you ever wondered how you would defend yourself if caught in the wrong the place at the wrong time? What would you do if you were in danger and your only hope for survival? Investigation Discovery (ID) introduces the new series SURVIVING EVIL (World Premiere: Wednesday, August 28 at 10/9c), which presents stories of victims who fought back against their attackers and, against all odds, survived. Timed to support the series premiere of SURVIVING EVIL, ID is partnering with New York Sports Clubs (NYSC) to offer FREE self-defense seminars in New York City.

Former WWE Diva Champion turned self-defense expert Eve Torres will teach participants essential personal protection principles and the life-saving techniques needed to combat against dangerous threat scenarios, including:

  • How to effectively break free from an attacker who grabs you without warning.
  • How to defend against an attacker who wants to incapacitate you with strikes. 
  • How to escape from underneath an attacker who has you pinned to the ground.
  • How to address and escape an aggressive attacker trying to subdue you.
  • How to escape life-threatening choke holds

Free classes will be held from August 19-22, 2013 at the following Manhattan NYSC locations. The seminars are free and open to both NYSC members and non-members. Participation is on a first come, first serve basis.

Public Class Schedule:

  • Monday 8/19: W38th at 8:15pm  (1372 Broadway, New York, NY 10018 / (212) 575-4500)
  • Tuesday 8/20: Grand Central at 8:00pm (200 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10166 / (212) 682-4440)
  • Wednesday 8/21: E36th at 8:30pm (200 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016 / (212) 686-1144)
  • Thursday 8/22: E59th at 2:00pm (502 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022 / (212) 308-1010)

Eve Torres, most known for being a three time WWE Diva's Champion, is a self-defense expert and head instructor of the Women Empowered self-defense program through the Gracie Academy organization.  She began learning self-defense after being aggressively pursued by three men in a gas station nearly six years ago. Now she passionately teaches life saving principles and techniques based in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to women ranging from mothers and daughters, to the women of the US Air Force, to survivors of sexual assault. 

Series World Premiere: Wednesday, August 28 at 10/9c
SURVIVING EVIL presents real-life stories of victims who fought back against their attackers and, against all odds, survived. Told in their own words, it's an empowering and inspiring look at true-crime stories in which the victim turns the table on their assailant. The series premieres with the story of our host Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel), who is the survivor of a real-life incident endured more than 20 years ago. Carpenter and two friends were swimming at San Diego's Torrey Pines State Beach in 1991 when they were violently attacked by an armed, rogue police officer. Carpenter fought for her survival after being held at gunpoint, but her two friends were both shot by the attacker and seriously wounded. The police officer was sentenced to 56 years in prison for the attacks in addition to a series of rapes and robberies.

Investigation Discovery (ID) is the leading mystery-and-suspense network on television and America's favorite "guilty pleasure." From harrowing crimes and salacious scandals to the in-depth investigations and heart-breaking mysteries that result, ID challenges our everyday understanding of culture, society and the human condition. ID delivers the highest-quality programming to more than 84 million U.S. households with viewer favorites that include On the Case with Paula Zahn; Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda; Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?; Disappeared; Stalked: Someone's Watching; and Redrum. For more information, please visit,, or Investigation Discovery is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world's #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 218 countries and territories.

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