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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to fighting off an attacker. It's a message Clay County sheriff's deputies are happy to share with anyone who wants to learn.

Self-defense classes offered by the Clay County Sheriff's Office are geared toward women, but some of the lessons learned are for everyone.

One of the first things instructors told the women who took a recent class, the best way to get away from an attacker is to never be attacked. You can stack the odds in your favor by projecting confidence.

"Holding your head up and walking more confidently, looking around. One of the things I see, so many people's heads down on their cell phone and you'd never know," explained Jackie Davis.

Davis recently retired and follows Clay County on Facebook. She read about the class and decide to sign up.

"I think it's good to be able to defend yourself in some way, at least give you better odds of fighting someone off and not be helpless," said Davis.

She knows some of the moves will take practice, but others she can use tomorrow if need be.

"It definitely makes you think more about it, and even if you remember just a couple of things out of the class, it will help a lot," she said.

Deputy Amanda Valentine is a self-defense instructor. She's smaller in stature, but more than capable of taking down someone twice her size. The women who were at the course don't need those skills, but she was happy to share some of the basics and hopes they do the same.

"It's just really simple stuff you can walk away and feel a little bit more confident and know you can teach this to your kids, family members," explained Dep. Valentine.

For details on upcoming classes, follow the sheriff's office on Twitter or on Facebook.