ROSCOE, Ill. (WTVO) — From January-April 2022, violent crimes in Rockford are seven percent higher than in the same time period from 2021, according to the Rockford Police Department’s Rockstat statistics.

Due to the recent crime spike, Jeremy Cuttill, co-owner and head mixed martial arts coach at Delarosa Submission Wrestling Academy, says people should learn proper self defense techniques.

As an MMA coach with nearly two decades experience, Cuttill teaches classes at his gym with the hope, as he says, to save lives.

“The attitude is, ‘It’s going to be him or me, and it’s not going to be me,” Cuttill said.

Cuttill spent time with Eyewitness News Morning Anchor Whitney Martin and Reporter David Greenberg to discuss some of the important techniques, including how to escape an offender who has a hold of your wrists, elbows, and throat.

He also breaks down in the video above, the three “A’s”: Awareness, A-Social, and Attitude, explaining what those mean and how those tips could ultimately save your life.

To learn more about the specific techniques used like the wrist, elbow, and strangulation releases, as well as proper distance striking, visit the gym’s website at:

Cuttill said the gym plans to do another four week self-defense class in the near future. If you are interested in participating, follow them on their social media pages for the latest updates:

To watch part of their time together click on the media player for more in depth analysis.