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Senior Safety and Self-Defense Seminar, Lanham, Maryland, October 13, 2015

The Princess Garden Hickory Hills Neighborhood Association invited Dr. Thomas to do a senior safety and self-defense seminar at its monthly meeting. This organization is concerned about the community and its members are trying to do their part to keep themselves and the other residents safe and to improve the quality of all of their lives.The seniors learned some basic self-defense techniques. They also learned about safety through skits showing possible dangerous situations at the grocery store and the gas station, as well as from discussion about scams perpetrated on seniors. Dr. Thomas explained that while it is often difficult for them to accept, seniors need to be aware that they are part of the street and are often targeted as victims by individuals (sometimes even by family members in the home) who may wish to do them physical or psychological harm.

Senior Safety and Self-Defense Seminar, Bowie, Maryland, June 17, 2015

As a follow-up to his June 8 Bladensburg workshop, Dr. Thomas was invited by District III Officer Krystal Culbreth to provide a seminar for a group of Triad/SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) seniors on Wednesday, June 17. With audience participation, he showed several simple self-defense techniques. He also performed skits to show examples of seniors becoming prey to scams, abductions, and robberies. As one participant asserted, it is important to show easy-to-remember, uncomplicated techniques that can be enacted quickly to get away from an attacker. Otherwise, a prolonged encounter with dire consequences can be anticipated.

Senior Safety and Self-Defense Workshop, Bladensburg, Maryland, June 8, 2015

On Monday, June 8, Dr. Clifford Thomas (We Lead By Example, Inc./Tae Kwon Do Ramblers Self-Defense Systems) held Senior Safety and Self-Defense Workshop at Bladensburg Community Center. Approximately 25 people attended, including local police representatives. We become more vulnerable as we grow older and often face increasing difficulties relative to our age and decreasing physical abilities. Dr. Thomas is a world-renown safety and self-defense expert who takes these factors into account and works extensively with seniors to teach them street smarts so they will become more confident and feel more comfortable in their daily interactions and activities. With audience participation, he showed several simple self-defense techniques--how to escape from a chokehold, defend yourself from a knife being held at your throat, break free from someone who grabs your wrists, and use a cane to defend yourself--as well as performed skits with one of his adult students and an audience member about abduction and scam/theft situations, for example, in the parking lot at a grocery store or at a gas station. The Bladensburg (POFC David Calloway, Officer Garcia, and Ms. Dana Duncan) and District II (Officer Krystal Culbreth) police representatives briefly described the services they provide for seniors and distributed safety and crime-reporting materials. Participants left wanting to learn more about how they can empower themselves so they will feel more safe as they go about their very active lives.

Online and Print Newspaper Coverage: The June 12 Andrews Gazette first-published article is featured online in All About Martial Arts news at this link and on page 5 of the Andrews Gazette print edition at this link. A pdf document can be downloaded here. Story and photos are by photojournalist Bobby Jones.

Safety for Seniors, Fort Washington, Maryland, October 14, 2014

The Harmony Haller seniors invited Dr. Thomas back to the Harmony Hall Regional Center to conduct a seminar for seniors to reprise his practical self-defense demonstrations and offer important safety information and instruction in street smarts for seniors, particularly considering the upcoming holiday season and the usual upswing in crime. Twenty-five seniors enjoyed the interactive two-hour session and learned about suggested ways to deal with situations on the street and in their homes in which they might feel threatened or are in danger of being accosted. By bringing his methods to the seniors, he hopes to give them confidence and empower them so that they will be able to better enjoy their lives.

Senior Safety Seminar, New Redeemer Baptist Church, Forestville, Maryland, August 10, 2014

Dr. Thomas gave a safety seminar for about 25 seniors at New Redeemer Baptist Church on Sunday, August 10. He spoke with them about their perceived vulnerability because they are older and some use a cane or a walker. Dr. Thomas demonstrated some basic self-defense moves and provided safety tips, with a particular focus on scams being perpetrated on unsuspecting seniors because they tend to be more trusting. As was pointed out during the discussion, while a person should practice the golden rule, it is important to be street smart and aware of one's surroundings in order to not become a victim of a physical, financial, or psychological assault.

Senior Citizen Resource & Information Fair, Hillcrest Heights Community Center, Temple Hills, Maryland, May 13, 2014

Congresswoman Donna Edwards invited Dr. Thomas to participate in her May 13 Senior Citizen Resource & Information Fair at Hillcrest Heights Community Center. At the event, he demonstrated some basic self-defense methods and provided safety tips for seniors (and anybody else) to keep in mind as they are out shopping or on the street. These events focused on seniors are particularly important as an increasing number of older people are out and about doing many different activities and may find themselves targeted because they may be perceived as being vulnerable.

Senior Citizens and Youth Rap Session, Bladensburg, Maryland, April 12, 2014

On April 12, Dr. Thomas discussed verbal and physical bullying and other significant issues with a number of youth who participate in Teen Night at the Bladensburg Community Center. Other speakers included (in alphabetical order) Keith Dickerson (Founder and CEO of A-1 Transmission, who focuses on educating reentry persons who want to learn vehicle repair and on preparing people to become business owners); Brother Joe Gibson (a dedicated educator); Brother Larry Powell (a baptized, born-again Christian who has rededicated his life after having faced painful adversity largely of his own making for many years); and Reverend Annie Varner (a life educator who has created the "Under Wings of Eagles" program directed at helping young people). The final presentation was a short film that addressed teen pregnancy and its effect on the lives of the girls and the boys involved from the standpoint of young people who have found themselves in this difficult situation. This event was sponsored by the Seniors against Stalking and Domestic Violence Support Group, and was the brainchild of the moderator, Deacon Barbara Givens, who is the grandmother of a Rambler student and the support group's founder and president. The focus of the program was on promoting dialogue among senior citizens and young people in an effort to "eliminate crime and negative consequences while making better choices for a happier and more prosperous journey through life." The program was a great success and served as a first step to start bridging the gap between seniors and young people and to eventually lead to mutual respect and understanding. Dr. Thomas looks forward to reprising his role in this kind of positive dialogue in the upcoming monthly "rap" sessions that will begin in May 2014.

Senior Self-Defense Demonstration, Hillcrest Heights Community Center, Temple Hills, Maryland, March 11, 2014

On March 11, Dr. Thomas was invited back to the Hillcrest Community Center to give a senior self-defense demonstration for the Hillcrest Heights Seniors Social Club during their monthly meeting. He demonstrated some basic self-defense methods and provided safety tips for seniors to keep in mind as they are out shopping or going to the gas station. He was invited back to give an extended workshop to include hands-on practice for the large club membership.

Prince George's County Police Department Senior Self Awareness Seminar, Landover, Maryland, September 28, 2013

Dr. Thomas partnered with Cpl. Lucy Muse (Prince George's County Police Department) to give a seminar for seniors about the importance of self awareness in regard to safety. Thirty attendees came to the event and learned a few basic self-defense moves and discussed scams perpetrated on seniors. He stressed that they need to assess the safety aspects of their surroundings (for example, people who are loitering or acting suspiciously) and to take precautions, such as letting someone in the family or a friend know when they anticipate arriving home, not getting out of their cars if they are being insistently bumped from behind on the highway, not pulling over in an isolated area if they do need to stop, and being wary of particularly helpful strangers who may actually be setting them up to be robbed or assaulted. The seniors expressed their appreciation for the tips about street and home "smarts" and asked Dr. Thomas to come back to teach them more.

Self-Defense Demonstration, Hillcrest Heights Community Center, Temple Hills, Maryland, September 26, 2013

At the invitation of Cpl. Wantalex Tilus (Prince George's County Police Department) and Ms. Darlesa Masago (Senior Fitness Instructor, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission), Dr. Thomas provided 80 seniors in Ms. Masago's fitness class with a basic self-defense demonstration and discussed scams perpetrated on seniors with them. The attendees greatly appreciated seeing the practical physical techniques he showed and participated in a good discussion about the need to practice those techniques so they become automatic responses, to be aware of one's surroundings, and to be street smart and aware of ways in which they can adjust their lifestyles by including everyday safety methods. These include letting someone know when they anticipate arriving home, not getting out of their cars if they are being insistently bumped from behind on the highway, and being wary of and savvy about how to handle seemingly kindly or "safe" strangers who approach them with possible trickery or assault in mind. At the end of the session, the group clamored for more in-depth classes and additional potentially life-saving tips. Dr. Thomas indicated that he would be happy to return on a regular basis to work with this impressive group of active and enthusiastic seniors who are keen to learn how to improve their lives physically and to become safer on the street and at home.

202 Coalition Senior Street Smarts and Self-Defense Demonstration, Capitol Heights, Maryland, June 17, 2013

Dr. Thomas was asked to talk about summer safety senior street smarts and give a senior self-defense demonstration at Senator Joanne Benson's Maryland's 24th Legislative District 202 Coalition meeting, the last one before the summer break. The coalition meets monthly to discuss the needs of the Prince George's County 202 corridor as well as the many crosscutting issues that concern the rest of the county and the State of Maryland. Dr. Thomas is active in this coalition and several other grassroots organizations that engage in productive civic actions to improve the lives of the residents in our community.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2013, Hyattsville, Maryland, June 14, 2013

Dr. Thomas participated in the Maryland State's Attorney for Prince George's County World Elder Abuse Awareness Day event at The Mall at Prince George's on Friday, June 14. This year's event primarily consisted of presentations by various Maryland officials representing state departments/offices that address issues related to elder abuse, whether physical violence or fraud, from both strangers/scam artists and people known to the victims (including family members, even grandchildren). Officiating at the event was the Honorable Senator Joanne C. Benson, with whom Dr. Thomas actively partners through her Greater Route 202 Coalition. Of special note were the skilfully executed and moving musical performances by Mrs. Carolyn Butler (Senior Idol 2012) and Mr. Irvin Haywood (Senior Idol 2013). World elder abuse is a shocking and widespread problem, and Dr. Thomas aims to make the senior population more street smart through his programs so they will not fall prey to the unconscionable acts so frequently being perpetrated on them.

Senior Health and Fitness Day, Landover, Maryland, May 22, 2013

On May 22, for the seventh year in a row, Dr. Thomas gave two senior self-defense demonstrations at the annual Senior Health and Fitness Day at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex. In addition to government program, care community, and other senior services exhibitors, tai chi, hand dancing, chair exercise, aerobics, line dancing, Zumba Gold, walking on the indoor track, and aquatic activities were offered for senior participation. Health screenings and massage therapy were also made available. The purpose of this event is to promote health and wellness for seniors (ages 60 and better) in celebration of Older Americans Month and National Senior Health & Fitness Day. Seniors in Prince George's look forward to this special day set aside for them and come out in force to take part and strut their stuff in the fun activities, as well as to learn about services and other programs with them in mind found in Prince George's County. Dr. Thomas is equally pleased to support this wonderful event by showing seniors how to be street smart and how to protect themselves.

Self-Defense Demonstration, District III Coffee Circle, Largo, Maryland, January 2, 2013

On Wednesday, January 4, Dr. Thomas gave a basic self-defense demonstration and discussed scams at the monthly meeting of the Prince George's County District III Coffee Circle held at Wegmans in the Woodmore Towne Centre in Largo, Maryland. This activity is a "public forum for ALL citizens, business owners, organizations, and public officials" who share helpful information at meetings that "focus on common concerns expressed by residents of District III." District III police officers and representatives attend these meetings to provide information, answer questions, and interact directly with the district's residents. Dr. Thomas looks forward to becoming further involved in District III community safety programs and to working with the district's officials to coordinate district activities across the county, including senior safety education and bullying prevention.

Lake Arbor Community Center Seniors Meeting, Mitchellville, Maryland, September 25, 2012

Dr. Thomas gave a demonstration at a meeting of about 30 seniors at the Lake Arbor Community Center on Tuesday, September 25. They were not expecting to learn so much in such a short time, and were excited at the prospect of him returning to give a more in-depth demonstration. After the demonstration, he worked with some of the seniors who were anxious to learn more immediately. Dr. Thomas looks forward to returning to Lake Arbor to conduct another interactive session.

First Christian Community Church Summer Picnic, Annapolis, Maryland, July 28, 2012

A scorcher of a day could not keep Dr. Thomas away from giving a senior safety and self-defense demonstration at the FirstChristian Community Church in Annapolis, Maryland, on Saturday, June 28, at their summer picnic. After enjoying a fantastic barbecue (kudos to those who sat out under the hot sun all day to cook) with a variety of mouth-watering, home-cooked side dishes and desserts, the seniors who gathered to see Dr. Thomas found out about ways to be more street smart and learned some basic self-defense techniques. He indicated that he would be pleased to do what he can to continue educating seniors at this church and in Annapolis about how to protect themselves from predators.

Action Soul Fest: A Senior Celebration, Columbia, Maryland, June 16, 2012

The Swinging Senior Saints invited Dr. Thomas to give a safety and self-defense demonstration at their Action Soul Fest. This special event was held at the Martin Luther King Community Church in Columbia, and featured Office of Aging representatives, Social Security and other helpful information, and music and entertainment, including a skillful and movingly rendered spiritual sung by a Saint member. A senior who will soon celebrate her 100th birthday was feted on this occasion as well. Dr. Thomas found a receptive audience, whose members were interested not only in their own welfare as they face possible unfortunate situations in which people may try to take advantage of them, but they also expressed concern about the safety of their children and grandchildren. It was the general consensus that it would be beneficial for the residents of Howard County if Dr. Thomas held safety and self-defense seminars in various venues for people of all ages.

Stop Elder Abuse! World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Hyattsville, Maryland, June 15, 2012

Seniors are abused by family, friends, and strangers physically, psychologically, and through scams designed to take their money because they tend to be regarded as fragile, vulnerable, and easy to be manipulated. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day has been designated to bring this unfortunate situation to light. As part of the S.A.L.T. Seniors & Law Enforcement Together organization, Dr. Thomas participates annually in the Stop Elder Abuse event at the Mall at Prince George's by bringing his expertise in self-defense for seniors through his interactive demonstration of practical ways to fend off attackers both physically and by becoming streetwise and avoiding dangerous situations. This event is sponsored by a number of law enforcement, county and local, and other senior organizations, and the Ramblers' We Lead By Example, Inc., nonprofit is one of the partnering organizations. The many seniors who came to Stop Elder Abuse, including a 101-year-old woman (shown below with Senator Joanne Benson), were provided an abundance of important information on neglect, abuse, financial crimes, scams, and identity theft, and they learned several helpful tips from Dr. Thomas that can help them gain confidence and possibly save their lives should they find themselves in a dangerous situation.

Free Fresh Food Distribution, Bladensburg, Maryland, May 31, 2012

Dr. Thomas demonstrated the Ramblers' organizational alliance with the Seniors against Stalking and Domestic Violence Support Group by helping distribute free fresh food at the Bladensburg Community Center on Thursday, May 31. About 80 people came out to pick up the donated food from the Capital Area Food Bank, which included sweet potatoes, onions, cantaloupes, olive oil, and large containers of juices. This is the first of a continuing activity by the support group. Deacon Barbara Newby Givens, whose grandson is a Rambler student, is the founder and leader of the group, and she plans to expand its range of activities as this excellent organization continues to grow, flourish, and contribute to the community in a positive way.

18th Annual Senior Health & Fitness Day Senior Self-Defense Demonstrations, Landover, Maryland, May 23, 2012

Seniors were treated to three of Dr. Thomas' educational and highly-entertaining demonstrations of "street smarts" at this annual event to celebrate Older Americans Month and National Senior Health & Fitness Day at the Wayne K. Curry Sports & Learning Center in Landover, Maryland. For his sixth year as a feature of this event, two sessions were planned, but a number of seniors who had gathered into another large group demanded a third, and Dr. Thomas was pleased to stay to accommodate them. His simple self-defense techniques and acting out of scams led them to realize that they have choices in their lives and do not have to feel that they are destined to become victims with no recourse but to submit to the physical attacks or unseemly trickery of violent or unscrupulous individuals. The event also featured tai chi, hand dancing, chair exercise, walking the indoor track, belly dancing, aquatic activities, zumba gold, chair yoga, line dancing, massage therapy, health screenings, and exhibits.

Elder Law Symposium Senior Self-Defense and Safety Demonstration, Arnold, Maryland, May 19, 2012

Dr. Thomas was honored to be invited to provide a senior self-defense demonstration at the Maryland State Bar Association Leadership Academy's Elder Law Symposium, Navigating the Elder Care Maze: What You Need to Know About the Legal Issues Facing Older Adults and Their Caregivers, which was sponsored by the Legal Studies Institute of Anne Arundel Community College. Panels on estate planning, cost of care, and elder abuse prevention, and a stress relief presentation geared toward helping seniors cope better with their daily lives and caregivers who are under a great deal of stress being responsible for the well-being of a loved one were also on the agenda. Dr. Thomas' lively and informative demonstration was well received by the crowd that numbered about 50. He was given a certificate of appreciation plaque for his participation in this event. He in turn appreciates the opportunity to be a part of this kind of initiative that brings vital information to seniors and helps them become better informed and more aware of their legal choices, and promotes efforts to help them live better, safer, and more comfortable lives.

202 Coalition Senior Street Smarts and Self-Defense Demonstration, Capitol Heights, Maryland, April 23, 2012

Dr. Thomas was pleased to have been invited back to Maryland's 24th Legislative District Senator Joanne Benson's 202 Coalition to follow up on his senior self-defense demonstration at the coalition's February 27 meeting. The 202 Coalition is a very active community group that meets monthly not only to discuss the needs of the Prince George's County 202 corridor, but the many crosscutting issues that concern the rest of the county and the State of Maryland. Dr. Thomas is an active member of this grassroots organization whose members "talk the talk and walk the walk," accomplishing many important civic actions to improve the lives of the residents in our community.

Senior Street Smarts and Self-Defense Demonstration, Central Civic Association of the Wilburn Community, Capitol Heights, Maryland, March 19, 2012

On Monday, March 19, Dr. Thomas gave a senior street smarts and self-defense demonstration to 25 members of the active Central Civic Association of the Wilburn Community, who regularly meet at Walker Mill Middle School in Capitol Heights. He showed several simple self-defense methods, such as using the cane as a weapon, and addressed scams that are perpetrated on seniors by predators of various kinds. He emphasized that seniors do not need to make themselves vulnerable even if they may be perceived to be defenseless by those who choose to prey on them. In thanking him for the demonstration, the president of the association remarked on behalf of the members that "everyone was thrilled! They all said that they were able to remember and will possibly be able to implement at least one of the exercises you taught us." Dr. Thomas said he would be pleased to return to go into more depth in an interactive seminar with group participation.

Prince George's County District III Neighborhood Watch Senior Self-Defense Demonstration, Landover, Maryland, March 14, 2012

Dr. Thomas was invited by Cpl. Tanya Smith to give a senior self-defense demonstration at a Prince George's Police Department District III Station Neighborhood Watch Training meeting for Palmer Park residents held on Wednesday, March 14. Fifty seniors attended the session, and they heard from speakers about issues related to neighborhood watch and dealing with crime, criminal activity, and criminals, including important issues related to the reentry of individuals who have served time into the community. In keeping with the title of the session, Taking Neighborhood Watch to the Next Level, Dr. Thomas wrapped up the presentations by police and government representatives by demonstrating a few simple self-defense methods and showing and discussing scams. This supports the plea from the police for vigilance by neighborhood residents to help them by spotting and reporting potential crime situations or untoward activities going on in or around their neighborhoods. The next level, and the goal of his Saving the Seniors and other programs, e.g., bullying prevention, is to build the physical and mental self-defense skills of individuals. In this case, his teaching is geared to those who participate in neighborhood watches, either directly or indirectly, by demonstrating simple ways to defend themselves should they be approached physically by someone exhibiting suspicious behavior or clear malicious intent as they patrol the streets or as they keep an eye from their homes on what is happening outside on the streets or at their neighbors' houses. An experienced neighborhood watcher in his own right and an expert in self-defense and scams, Dr. Thomas offers his services to help train community Neighborhood Watch program participants so they can take back their neighborhoods and be safe at the same time.

Senior Self-Defense and Street Smarts Demonstration, Millwood-Waterford Citizens Association, Inc., Capitol Heights, Maryland, March 12, 2012

About 50 seniors from the Millwood-Waterford Citizens Association, Inc. enjoyed a demonstration from Dr. Thomas on Monday, March 12, at the Millwood Recreation Center during their March civic meeting. They learned several self-defense methods, including how to use a cane to ward off an attacker, and, through skits, were advised about how to avoid common scams regularly perpetrated on seniors. They were surprised to find out that they could learn ways to defend themselves on the street and in their homes and not become victims, and that they do not have to be vulnerable even if that is how they might be perceived, based on their ages and retirement status. Dr. Thomas said he would be pleased to return for a more interactive, in-depth seminar so that he could share more life-saving tips.

Certificates Awarded by the State of Maryland and the Seniors Against Stalking and Domestic Violence Support Group, February 25, 2012

Dr. Thomas and Rambler student Susan McCutchen participated in the Third Annual Senior Citizens Honorary Graduation and Prom Ceremony that took place on Saturday, February 25, at Elizabeth Seton High School. The event was sponsored by the Seniors Against Stalking and Domestic Violence Support Group and Elizabeth Seton High School Scholars, a group of exceptional young women in both bearing and manner, under the direction of Sister Ellen Marie Hagar, the President of Elizabeth Seton High School. The graduation was noteworthy, and highlights were remarks from Maryland Senator Victor R. Ramirez, 47th Legislative District, Prince George's County, and from Bladensburg Mayor Walter James, as well as speeches from the valedictorian, Ms. Estelle Owens, and from Dr. Thomas, the salutatorian and the elected king of the prom. Ms. Deloris Jordan was the elected prom queen. Music was provided by the String Quartet of Elizabeth Seton High School and dancing by the Vintage Saints Dance Ministry, a group of older, very talented ladies who both entertained and inspired with two beautifully performed dances of praise and worship choreographed by Rosemary Thompson-Lewis. Both Dr. Thomas and Ms. McCutchen recieved certificates of achievement from the seniors support group, as well as Maryland Senatorial recognitions of achievement from Senator Ramirez. The texts of these certificates are found below.

Certificate of Achievement [both Dr. Thomas and Ms. McCutchen] Seniors Against Stalking and Domestic Violence Support Group, Bladensburg, Maryland [The awardee] is hereby awarded this Certificate of Achievement. Whereas education is the foundation of an informed society, your personal drive and commitment to broaden your horizons and expand your knowledge is most commendable, relevant and necessary in today's world. The choice to continue education is not easy and often places many additional stressful demands on one's life. Despite the demands and life's distractions, you choose to move forward and demonstrated focused personal resolve for completing your goals. Your personal commitment is not only a personal achievement, but one that serves as an inspiration to the entire community. You are a shining example. Therefore, the Seniors Against Stalking and Domestic Violence Support Group honor you for your courage, strength and passion for continuing your education. (signed by) Sister Ellen Marie Hagar, President, Elizabeth Seton High School, and Barbra J. Newby Givens, Executive Director, Seniors Against Stalking and Domestic Violence.The Senate of Maryland Recognition of Achievement [both Dr. Thomas and Ms. McCutchen] The Senate of Maryland Official Citation to Dr. Thomas for being selected as the Prom King Be it hereby known to all that sincerest congratulations are offered to Dr. Clifford Thomas in recognition of this honor granted to you by your peers. Your drive to continously challenge yourself is a source of inspiration to others. Presented on this 25th day of February 2012 by Senator Victor R. Ramirez of 47th Legislative District, Prince George's County.

Senior Street Smarts and Self-Defense Demonstration, Park View Apartments, Bladensburg, Maryland, February 7, 2012

Thirty enthusiastic senior residents of Park View at Bladensburg apartments participated in Dr. Thomas' street smarts and self-defense demonstration event at their February 7 tenants' meeting. Scams and practical methods of self defense, such as using the cane as a weapon, were of particular interest to the group. Asked to come back to teach more in-depth classes and help the residents practice what he demonstrated, Dr. Thomas said he would be pleased to return.

Certificate of Appreciation from Seniors against Stalking Support Group, January 23, 2012

On January 23, 2012, Dr. Thomas and Ms. McCutchen were presented certificates of appreciation from Barbara J. Newby Givens, founder and leader of the Bladensburg-based Seniors against Stalking Support Group, for outstanding service on behalf of stalking victims.

Saving the Seniors Educational Workshop, Union United Methodist Church, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, January 14, 2012

On Saturday, January 14, Dr. Thomas returned to the Union United Methodist Church to conduct a follow-up session to his September 2011 workshop/luncheon with seniors from the Adult Ministry. He demonstrated simple and effective self-defense methods that seniors might be able to use to defend themselves on the street, including with a cane, discussed a number of scams of many kinds perpetrated on seniors, and offered numerous safety tips. The seniors in attendance were appreciative of the demonstration and the information offered, and they indicated that they would like Dr. Thomas to return to share more life-saving tips.

Self-Defense for Seniors, Seniors Against Stalking and Domestic Violence Support Group, Bladensburg, Maryland, January 9, 2012

In recognition of January 2012's National Stalking Awareness Month, the Bladensburg-based Seniors Against Stalking and Domestic Violence Support Group invited Dr. Thomas to give a demonstration of practical self-defense in an interactive, more in-depth seminar as a follow-on to October 2011's demonstration for National Domestic Violence Awareness month. To read more about National Stalking Awareness Month, proclaimed by President Barack Obama on December 28, 2011, access this link.

Dr. Thomas Interviewed on Prince George's Community Television, Largo, Maryland, January 4, 2012

Dr. Thomas was interviewed during a live 4:30 p.m. news segment on Prince George's Community Television on Wednesday, January 4. He spoke about his upcoming interactive self-defense demonstration scheduled for Monday, January 9, at the Bladensburg Community Center. The event, sponsored by the Bladensburg-based Seniors against Stalking and Domestic Violence Support Group, which was founded and is led by Ms. Barbara Givens, the grandmother of a Rambler student, marks January 2012's National Stalking Awareness Month. To read more about National Stalking Awareness Month, proclaimed by President Barack Obama on December 28, 2011, access this link.

Self-Defense Demonstration, District III Coffee Circle, Largo, Maryland, January 4, 2012

On Wednesday, January 4, Dr. Thomas gave a basic self-defense demonstration and discussed scams at the monthly meeting of the Prince George's County District III Coffee Circle held at Wegmans in the Woodmore Towne Centre in Largo, Maryland. This activity is a "public forum for ALL citizens, business owners, organizations, and public officials" who share helpful information at meetings that "focus on common concerns expressed by residents of District III." District III police officers and representatives attend these meetings to provide information, answer questions, and interact directly with the district's residents. Dr. Thomas looks forward to becoming further involved in District III community safety programs and to working with the district's officials to coordinate district activities across the county, including senior safety education and bullying prevention.

Senior Self-Defense and Safety Demonstration, St. Mary's Department of Aging, Hollywood, Maryland, October 20, 2011

Dr. Thomas was invited to do a self-defense and safety demonstration at the annual St. Mary's County Department of Aging Health Fair ("The Way to Wellness") held at the Volunteer Fire Department Hall in Hollywood. He showed an enthusiastic group of seniors practical self-defense techniques and acted out scams that are being perpetrated on seniors on a regular basis. Other sessions included "Healthy Plate, Healthy Planet," Tai-Chi for Arthritis, Diabetes Management, Reflexology Demonstration, Department of Aging Road Show, Maintaining a Household on a Small Income, Coupons 101, and "My Plate, How Does it Rate?" The fair also included a variety of health screenings, flu shots were provided for seniors, and there were a number of information booths geared toward helping seniors live healthy and pleasant lives. Dr. Thomas looks forward to working with St. Mary's Department of Aging in future endeavors.

Senior Self-Defense Demonstration, The Tenant Association of the Manor at Victoria, Temple Hills, Maryland, October 19, 2011

The Tenant Association of the Manor at Victoria invited Dr. Thomas for a return visit to follow up on his 2010 demonstration. He reviewed some of his practical self-defense techniques, including scams to look out for, and emphasized that physical and mental attacks are perpetrated by both friends and family members. The audience of over 40 seniors were very appreciative of Dr. Thomas' work and enthusiastically endorsed scheduling him to teach classes at the Manor so they can practice what they have seen and learn even more.

Senior Self-Defense Demonstration, People's Community Baptist Church, Silver Spring, Maryland, October 19, 2011

Over 80 seniors gathered at the People's Community Baptist Church for Dr. Thomas' self-defense demonstration. They were surprised at how simple movements could possibly save their lives should they be confronted by an attacker. Dr. Thomas' practical and straightforward methods to address both physical and psychological assaults, for example, through scams and even through abuse by friends and family members, and his commitment to enlightening seniors about their own capabilities greatly impressed the seniors. They invited him back to work even more closely with them through hands-on practice sessions.

Self-Defense for Seniors, Seniors Against Stalking and Domestic Violence Support Group, Bladensburg, Maryland October 10, 2011

In recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Bladensburg-based Seniors Against Stalking and Domestic Violence Support Group invited experts in bullying, which can lead to stalking and domestic violence, to speak about these issues. Mr. Baron Howard, CEO of Entrepreneurs Success Business Network, gave a PowerPoint presentation that highlighted what constitutes bullying and possible ways to respond, and invited candid discussion. He emphasized that boys and girls and men and women who have been hurt in some manner (whether through what they have been taught or have observed, or from their own negative or unhappy experiences) often seek to hurt other people to achieve at least a short period of satisfaction from their ability to control another individual. After that presentation, Dr. Thomas gave an demonstration about practical ways to defend oneself against bullying and dangerous predators who seek to control those they feel are weak. He also spoke about and demonstrated common scams that constitute a different type of bullying approach. The support group enthusiastically invited Dr. Thomas to continue to work with them and support their efforts to empower seniors and help them feel safe and in control of their own lives. The text of the article is replicated below because the text exhibited in the archive link is run-on.

"Seniors gain skills, confidence to stand against bullying. To stand against abuse and bullying toward seniors and equip residents with confidence, a Bladensburg support group held a motivational and instructional event for seniors Oct. 10 at the Bladensburg Community Center. The Seniors Against Stalking and Domestic Violence Support group brought Washington, D.C.-based motivational speaker Baron Howard and martial arts instructor Clifford Thomas to speak to a group of local seniors about ways to protect themselves and encouraged them to stand up against those who abuse senior citizens. 'The event was great. We had two fantastic speakers,' said Barbara Givens, executive director of the group. 'We plan to do this again because both professionals were very good.' Thomas, a Bladensburg resident, speaks to schools and organizations about bullying problems and regularly teaches Tae Kwon Do classes at the Bladensburg Community Center. He said the bullying prevention event was a great success.' A lot of these seniors are locked up in their houses because they're afraid to come out,' he said. 'I think they gained sense of confidence. They learned from it. There was a lot of positive input.' Thomas said bullying against seniors has been a growing problem in today's society. He said the younger generation does not have the same respect toward seniors as they used to years ago. During the event, seniors were specifically taught how to best use their cane or walker as a defense weapon and how to best avoid an attack or abusive situation."

Self-Defense for Seniors, Greater St. John Church, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, October 6, 2011

Seniors at Greater St. John Church asked Dr. Thomas to give a demonstration of simple self-defense methods, scams, and other tips that they can use to feel safer on the street and in their homes. His interactive presentation using audience participants and the information he provided was eye-opening for them. Dr. Thomas' goal is to help seniors become more aware of their surroundings and more confident that they have a choice in maintaining their own safety.

Crime Prevention and Self-Defense Training Session for Seniors, Pleasant Homes Apartments Community Center, Seat Pleasant, Maryland, September 28, 2011

Dr. Thomas was invited back to Pleasant Homes Apartments Community Center by Councilmember Aretha Stephenson of Ward II to follow up on his July demonstration. Over 30 seniors, younger adults, and children attended the event, which began with an update on safety issues from the Seat Pleasant police department. In addition to seeking further training on practical self-defense methods from Dr. Thomas, the audience members indicated that they and others in the community are ready, willing, and able to do what they can to assist the police in their efforts to curb crimes and violence in Seat Pleasant. One of those efforts strongly supported is the reinstatement of a neighborhood watch program to help actively involve citizens themselves in making their community a safer place. They appreciate Dr. Thomas offering to work alongside the police to help train the neighborhood watch members and his desire to continue to be involved in efforts to improve the quality of life for Seat Pleasant residents.

Adult Ministry Saving the Seniors Education Workshop/Luncheon, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, September 23, 2011

The chair of the Adult Ministry of the historic Union United Methodist Church in Upper Marlboro asked Dr. Thomas to teach a workshop to educate the church's seniors about safety and self-defense. About 30 seniors attended the workshop and were surprised at the simplicity and effectiveness of the self-defense methods he showed them. The demonstration of and discussion about a few of many scams that are perpetrated on seniors on a regular basis prompted several members of the audience to share their own experiences and ask questions. Dr. Thomas appreciated being invited to speak with the members of the Adult Ministry in their beautiful church, and he enjoyed the fellowship during the potluck luncheon event. He indicated that he would be pleased to return to conduct a hands-on session that will allow them to practice and to better remember his self-defense methods and safety tips.

Crime Prevention and Self Defense Training Session for Seniors, Pleasant Homes Apartments Community Center, Seat Pleasant, Maryland, July 28, 2011

Councilmember Aretha Stephenson of Seat Pleasant hosted a Ward II Crime Prevention and Self Defense Training meeting for seniors and their guests on July 28 at Pleasant Homes Apartments Community Center. Dr. Thomas and Sergeant Herbert Pettiford of the Seat Pleasant Police Department were featured. The residents of the apartments who attended were treated to a very entertaining session from Dr. Thomas that included the interactive demonstration of self-defense methods and the acting out and discussion of scams that happen every day to individuals of all ages who are perceived as being vulnerable. Councilmember Stephenson and Sergeant Pettiford spoke about the community's safety needs and highlighted the safety programs, both improved and new, that are available to the citizens of Seat Pleasant. They emphasized that individuals in the community need to take full advantage of what is offered and to learn to be both street and home smart as part of their safety efforts, underscoring what Dr. Thomas had shown and discussed in his presentation. The audience members described past efforts to create a neighborhood watch and voiced their desire to be proactive and jumpstart this important safety activity, which Councilmember Stephenson and Sergeant Pettiford indicated they would wholeheartedly support. For his part, Dr. Thomas offered to help train the neighborhood watch members and reiterated that individuals in a community must band together to improve their community and thereby their personal quality of life.

202 Coalition Self-Defense for Seniors Demonstration, Capitol Heights, Maryland, June 20, 2011

Dr. Thomas was asked by Maryland Triad/SALT to give a demonstration on practical self defense for seniors at the June 20 meeting of the Greater 202 Coalition, held at St. Margaret's of Scotland Catholic Church in Capitol Heights, Maryland. There were over 125 attendees, including a number of key public officials, including Maryland's Lieutenant Governor and the Prince George's County Executive, who made themselves available to hear citizens' concerns. One of the meeting's highlights was Dr. Thomas' performance and interactive demonstration. He showed a few everyday self-defense methods and common scams to the group. He underscored that seniors, who are often vulnerable to violent attacks and targeted scams, need to develop and employ "street smarts," both physically (for example, by using a cane or walker to effectively deter an attacker) and mentally (for example, recognizing unsafe situations at a grocery store or a gas station). He indicatd that he would be pleased to return to share more of his wealth of self-defense knowledge.

"Saving the Seniors": Senior Safety and Self-Defense Seminar, College Park Community Center, College Park, Maryland, June 7, 2011

Featured at the College Park Community Center's Health and Safety Seminar, Dr. Thomas demonstrated practical self-defense methods and personal safety techniques, as well as scams that are being perpetrated on unsuspecting seniors. This community center event also provided seniors with exercise and line dancing activities; poker, spades, and scrabble; anti-theft and fire home safety tips; financial planning consultation; and vacation/travel planning; and brought in other professionals, including a podiatrist and a chiropractor. The event was well attended, and Dr. Thomas' hands-on demonstration with active audience participation was lively, entertaining, and, most importantly, informative, offering useful and potentially life-saving tips for seniors. He is looking forward to returning to the center for a more-in-depth, interactional "street smarts" seminar for the seniors.

17th Annual Senior Health & Fitness Day Senior Self-Defense Demonstrations, Landover, Maryland, May 25, 2011

Dr. Thomas was again pleased to give his fifth demonstration at this annual event to celebrate Older Americans Month and National Senior Health & Fitness Day at the Wayne K. Curry Sports & Learning Center. His demonstrations drew the attention of large numbers of seniors--seated, standing, and even peering over the rails from the balcony! His lively, interactive presentation of simple self-defense techniques both entertained the audiences and relayed the message that seniors should feel encouraged by their learning of "street smarts" techniques to enjoy their lives and not be afraid either at home or on the street as they go about their daily activities.

Explorations Unlimited, Greenbelt, Maryland, January 21, 2011

Explorations Unlimited is a series of informational seminars for seniors held on Fridays at the Greenbelt Community Center. Dr. Thomas was invited to share his knowledge about self defense with a group of about 20 seniors on January 21. They represented well the name of the series, as they paid close attention to his demonstration of simple self-defense techniques and scams. They explored myriad aspects of both physical and mental self defense with their probing questions during the discussion portion of the seminar. They asked Dr. Thomas to return with some of his students to conduct interactive training classes because they want to be able to use what they have learned to their best advantage should they encounter people who would wish them harm. An instructional video, entitled Tae Kwon Do Ramblers Self-Defense Systems presents Saving the Seniors, was produced and will be shown on local Greenbelt television, as well as made available in the Ask the Expert archive video section, the video entitled Saving the Seniors. For the press coverage of his appearance, see page three, column four, at Greenbelt News Review, January 13, 2011.

Senior Safety and Self-Defense Demonstration, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Temple Hills, Maryland, January 19, 2011

Dr. Thomas gave a safety and self-defense demonstration for about 20 seniors during their monthly meeting at the Hillcrest Baptist Church. The audience members were delighted to be able to participate in this highly interactive session where they learned several simple self-defense methods. They indicated they would be pleased to have him come back and continue to educate them on ways to protect themselves, both physically and mentally, from those who might seek to take advantage of them.

Maryland Triad/SALT Network Meeting, Annapolis, Maryland, December 14, 2010

Dr. Thomas was pleased to have been invited to speak to members of the Maryland Triad/SALT Network on December 14. He first demonstrated several simple self-defense methods he teaches seniors. Afterward, he discussed with the several representatives from different counties in Maryland his views on the importance of reaching out to seniors in many ways, with his focus on their physical/psychological and fiscal safety (e.g., scams). Dr. Thomas offered his services as part of the activities of this important organization, a cooperative effort involving proactive seniors and law enforcement representatives.

Senior Safety Demonstration, Tenant Association of The Manor at Victoria, Temple Hills, Maryland, October 20, 2010

On Wednesday, October 20, Dr. Thomas gave a safety demonstration to a gathering organized by the Tenant Association of The Manor at Victoria. About 30 residents attended and were treated to a lively interactive demonstration that underscored the more serious message that seniors are vulnerable to those who would prey on them because they sense that seniors are weak and helpless. Dr. Thomas demonstrated a few practical self-defense methods that he encourages seniors to learn and practice so that they might be able to escape from a predator and seek assistance. He indicated he would be pleased to return to provide a more in-depth seminar, an offer that was heartily endorsed by the appreciative audience.

Annual Senior Fun & Fitness Day 2010: Senior Circus Celebration, Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, September 17, 2010

On Friday, September 17, the Prince George's County Department of Family Services Administration on Aging hosted the annual senior picnic at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro. Free to seniors over 60, hundreds who had pre-registered enjoyed the well-organized and seamlessly-run four-hour picnic. Kudos to the organizers whose planning and facilitation of the event were remarkable. Snack bags and lunches with healthy food choices, carnival fare (including popcorn and cotton candy), and beverages were provided. The lively music and other entertainment, with clowns making balloon animals, carnival games, and face painting gave the event a circus atmosphere that offered something for everyone. The beautiful location, pleasant end-of-summer weather, and company of so many interesting and active seniors were stirred into the mix to make it a thoroughly enjoyable day. Triad/SALT, who had an information table at the picnic, asked Dr. Thomas to join the festivities and talk about his longstanding Saving the Seniors program. An audience of about 100 seniors gathered for his eye-opening, interractional demonstration of simple techniques they realistically could use to thwart an attacker. They also learned about scams that many of them had not realized are being perpetrated daily on unsuspecting and trusting seniors. Dr. Thomas looks forward to participating in the next senior picnic and other such events to enable him to talk with seniors about their safety and show them that they do not have to let themselves be victims.

Triad/SALT: Empowering Senior Citizens Against Elder Abuse, Prince George's County, Maryland, June 15, 2010

Following his April demonstration, Dr. Thomas was invited by the organizers of Triad (meaning "three," in this context three groups, or senior citizens, police, and sheriffs) of Prince George's County/Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (SALT) to support their countywide acknowledgement of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which took place on June 15. At both Iverson Mall in Hillcrest Heights and Prince George's Plaza in Hyattsville, Maryland, he demonstrated some simple methods seniors can use to defend themselves, using wrist techniques and a cane ("cane do"), and to educate them about scams that are perpetrated daily on seniors. Audience members, including police, were again eager to volunteer and try what was being demonstrated, as well as to ask questions about safety. Dr. Thomas looks forward to continuing to work with Triad/SALT and with AARP through his longstanding Saving the Seniors program.

16th Annual Senior Health & Fitness Day Demonstration, Landover, Maryland, May 26, 2010

On May 26, Dr. Thomas gave a demonstration for the fourth time at the Annual Senior Health & Fitness Day at the Wayne K. Curry Sports & Learning Center. Back for another year, his visit was highly anticipated. Seniors gathered to see the simple self-defense techniques he shows as he engages the audience in the action. His entertaining presentation belies a very serious approach to the need for seniors to learn that they do not have to be afraid to participate fully in life as they get older, a time when they should be enjoying what they have worked so hard for during their lives.

Triad/SALT Senior Self-Defense Seminar, Suitland, Maryland, April 21, 2010

On April 21, Dr. Thomas shocked and amazed a large group of seniors and law enforcement personnel by demonstrating simple methods seniors can use to defend themselves, using wrist techniques, a cane ("cane do"), and moves from a wheelchair. He also talked about scams. Audience members, including police, were eager to participate, and they were able to see and try firsthand a sampling of Dr. Thomas' skills and to ask questions about safety. Triad (meaning "three," in this context three groups, or senior citizens, police, and sheriffs) of Prince George's County/Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (SALT) is an organized effort by law enforcement agencies to work with senior citizens to keep them safe. It was formed in 1988 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Sheriffs' Association, and AARP to work together to reduce crime, victimization, and unwarranted fear of crime affecting the elderly. Triad provides opportunities for the exchange of information between law enforcement and senior citizens by bringing representatives from various government agencies and senior citizens together to discuss concerns that affect the safety of our elders. Dr. Thomas was pleased both to bring some of his vast knowledge about personal safety to the effort and to learn from law enforcement safety experts. He looks forward to working with Triad/SALT and continuing his work with AARP through his longstanding Saving the Seniors program.

Senior Self-Defense Seminar, Bladensburg, Maryland, October 13, 2009

Seniors at Emerson House Apartments eagerly awaited the return of Dr. Clifford Thomas' senior self-defense seminar. The group of seniors who attended, including those who use canes and walkers, were active participants in the seminar and appreciated learning about practical physical and mental self-defense methods that could potentially save their lives. They shared stories about threatening situations they had experienced and sought advice from Dr. Thomas about their responses to these situations. He encouraged them to practice so that their defensive reactions become automatic and discussed the potential for holding regular classes for seniors in Bladensburg.

Save the Seniors Summit: Self Defense for Seniors Exhibition and Seminar, Fort Washington, Maryland, October 6, 2009

Dr. Clifford Thomas returned to Harmony Hall Regional Center to conduct a seminar for seniors to follow up on his November 2008 demonstration of practical physical and mental self-defense methods that could potentially save their lives. The appreciative gathering enjoyed participating in the seminar and had many questions for Dr. Thomas as they shared some of their experiences in situations in which they felt threatened or were accosted. By bringing his methods to the seniors, he hopes to give them confidence and empower them so that they will be able to better enjoy their lives.

15th Annual Senior Health and Fitness Day Senior Self-Defense Demonstrations, Landover, Maryland, May 27, 2009

Dr. Clifford Thomas participated for a third year in the annual Senior Health and Fitness Fair, which was held Wednesday, May 27, at the Wayne K. Curry Sports & Learning Center. In addition to his two safety and self-defense demonstrations, this year's event offered tai chi, chair exercise, several dance activities, classroom activities, and booths with information focused on concerns of seniors. Dr. Thomas both entertained and educated the seniors about simple techniques they might be able to use to defend themselves. Through his Saving the Seniors program, he emphasizes methods that can be used on the street and at home, and he demonstrates how the development of both mental and physical street smarts are vital for basic survival in a climate of crime and violence.

Senior Self-Defense Demonstration, Washington, DC, April 6, 2009

On April 6, Dr. Thomas demonstrated and spoke about practical self-defense methods to over 30 members of the Emery Senior Recreation Association. He showed them several simple, effective techniques they might use to physically and mentally protect themselves, including how to use a cane for self defense and how to avoid being caught up in scams regularly experienced by seniors. He pointed out that seniors may feel so vulnerable that they avoid engaging in activities outside the home and find themselves unable to fully enjoy their lives, and he emphasized that his mission is to help them feel more confident.

Self Defense for Seniors, Camp Springs, Maryland, March 6, 2009

Back by popular demand, Dr. Thomas gave a demonstration to over 50 seniors at Camp Springs Senior Center on March 6. He showed them ways to both physically and mentally protect themselves by using simple and effective techniques. He expressed his heartfelt desire to encourage seniors to enjoy their lives and not live in fear by providing them with useful skills to defend themselves rather than become victims. He was enthusiastically invited back again to hold an interactive seminar, and several of the seniors expressed an interest in signing up for his adult classes held on Saturdays at the Bladensburg Community Center.

Save the Seniors Summit: Self Defense for Seniors Exhibition and Seminar, Fort Washington, Maryland, November 18, 2008

A group of energetic seniors gathered at Harmony Hall Regional Center's Save the Seniors Summit to enjoy and learn from a demonstration of practical self-defense methods given by special guest Dr. Clifford Thomas. He showed them ways to both physically and mentally protect themselves. Many were surprised that his methods are so simple, are very easy for anyone to learn and apply, and can be so effective in the face of intimidating circumstances. The Harmony Hallers invited Dr. Thomas to return for a hands-on seminar in which they can practice what they saw and learn even more.

The Asbury Health and Wellness Fair, Gaithersburg, Maryland, October 24, 2008

Dr. Clifford Thomas gave a demonstration of practical self-defense methods to a group of seniors who were amazed to find there are relatively simple ways to both physically and mentally protect themselves. They appreciated the fact that he has such a keen interest in supporting seniors by showing them how to feel more confident and better enjoy their lives by not allowing themselves to become victims. They invited Dr. Thomas to return for an interactive, hands-on training seminar.

AARP Emery Heights Chapter #4194 General Meeting, Washington, DC, October 20, 2008

About 40 AARP members welcomed a practical self-defense demonstration from Dr. Clifford Thomas at their regular meeting at Peoples Congregational Church in Washington, DC. The seniors were surprised and encouraged to see, albeit briefly, that there are relatively simple ways they might defend themselves both physically and mentally and not allow themselves to become victims. They were anxious to have Dr. Thomas return with a more in-depth seminar to teach them more.

AARP Shepherd Chapter #2667 General Meeting, Washington, DC, September 17, 2008

Dr. Clifford Thomas spoke to about 80 AARP members gathered for a general meeting at the Northminster Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC. The seniors learned a great deal from Dr. Thomas' short demonstration of a few of the many practical self-defense methods they could use to defend themselves both physically and mentally, and they had many questions for him after the demonstration. It was clear that his full program, Saving the Seniors, would raise their awareness further and promote the confidence that seniors do not have to allow themselves to become victims.

Practical Self-Defense Seminar, AARP Penn Branch Chapter #3473, Washington, DC, June 16, 2008

Dr. Clifford Thomas held a three-hour seminar for members of the Penn Branch Chapter on Monday, June 16, as a follow-up activity from a preliminary demonstration he made to this AARP chapter in March 2008. Members took advantage of this excellent opportunity to engage in an interactive and in-depth discussion and hands-on learning session about self-defense, which includes a combination of mental and physical processes. Dr. Thomas stressed that individuals need to become more aware of their surroundings and better assess the potentially dangerous situations in which they find themselves. He underscored the fact that there are many levels of threats to safety, including physical assault, scams, intimidation, and so forth, perpetrated on those who are viewed as likely unable to defend themselves.

14th Annual Senior Health and Fitness Day Self-Defense Demonstrations, Landover, Maryland, May 21, 2008

For a second year, Dr. Clifford Thomas participated in the annual Senior Health and Fitness Fair, which was held Wednesday, May 21, at the Wayne K. Curry Sports & Learning Center. This year's event was full of activities, important information,and giveaways for the seniors. Dr. Thomas dazzled the crowds at his two exciting hands-on sessions. Ever the showman, he was able to impart some of his vast knowledge of potentially life-saving techniques, while engaging and entertaining the large number of seniors gathered. Through his Saving the Seniors program, Dr. Thomas emphasizes simple methods of self defense that can be used on the street and at home, and how the development of both mental and physical street smarts are vital for basic survival in the face of ever increasing crime and violence.

Save the Seniors Summit, Bladensburg Community Center, Bladensburg, Maryland, May 13, 2008

Dr. Clifford Thomas was featured in the afternoon at the Save the Seniors Summit on Tuesday, May 13, an event he has championed to bring attention to seniors and their concerns. In the morning, after an energizing chair exercise routine by Reggie to get the blood pumping, John Moss, Bladensburg's chief of police, spoke with the over 100 seniors who attended about practical crime prevention methods; Dr. Ruth King, who teaches tai chi classes at Bladensburg Community Center, did a demonstration with some of her students; Ted Myerson, AARP, spoke about the need for seniors to be involved in healthcare legislation and other important issues so their voices will be heard; Kay Pierson discussed financial planning; and Renee Boykins, fitness specialist at the community center, worked with seniors and encouraged them to stay fit by exercising. Americare was also represented and health screenings were offered. After a fantastic lunch provided for the seniors that left everyone satisfied, the day was capped off by Dr. Thomas' showstopping senior self-defense and crime prevention seminar. He used the center's own strongman, Rodney Griffin, one of his adult students, as a "stunt man," as well as Susan McCutchen, another of his students, to demonstrate self-defense methods and scams perpetrated on seniors. Most important, though, were the seniors themselves who actively participated in Dr. Thomas' hands-on demonstration. This outstanding event was well attended, well organized, and ran smoothly thanks to Bladensburg Community Center's (in alphabetical order) Steve Ellis, program specialist; Lora Fitzgerald, front desk manager; Lori Smith, center director; and Barbara Spencer-Pulliam, senior coordinator, as well as others behind the scenes who set up for the event and assisted the seniors during the event. We look forward to another such rousing gathering to stress that seniors need to become involved in available activities at both senior and community centers to enhance their lives and feel more free to move about out in the community.

AARP Penn Branch Chapter #3473 General Meeting, Washington, DC, March 25, 2008

Dr. Clifford Thomas spoke to over 100 AARP members gathered for their monthly meeting at the Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church in Washington, DC. The seniors were so impressed with Dr. Thomas' short demonstration of the various practical self-defense methods they could use to defend themselves and his description of his full program for seniors that he was invited to give a two-hour seminar in June 2008 so they will have an opportunity to engage in an interactive, hands-on learning session.

Self Defense for Seniors, Camp Springs Senior Center, Camp Springs, Maryland, September 7, 2007

Dr. Thomas gave a demonstration at Camp Springs Senior Center on September 7. He showed ways seniors could use simple techniques to defend themselves should they find themselves in situations where someone is trying to take advantage of them either by physically attacking them or mentally by the use of scams.

Senior Health and Fitness Fair Self-Defense Demonstrations, Landover, Maryland, May 23, 2007

Dr. Clifford Thomas wowed a large gathering of spectators at the Senior Health and Fitness Fair on Wednesday, May 23, at the Wayne K. Curry Sports & Learning Center, with an entertaining demonstration of what he brings to seniors in his Saving the Seniors program. He showed them a sampling of a few simple methods of self defense they can use on the street and in their homes, emphasizing the importance of both physical and mental street smarts that could prove to be vital for their basic survival in times when blatant acts of crime and violence seem to be on the increase. The fascinated seniors eagerly participated in this interactive demonstration and wanted to learn more, asking when and where they could sign up for classes.

Saving the Seniors Safety Class, Coffield Community Center, Silver Spring, Maryland, May 22, 2007

On May 22, 2007, Dr. Clifford Thomas held a preliminary safety class at the Coffield Community Center, the first of a series of classes currently in the planning stages. Coffield has a flourishing senior program, and the actively involved seniors who attended this safety session are motivated to learn all they can to potentially save their lives should they be faced with life-threatening situations. They look forward to starting up classes in the near future, as does Dr. Thomas.

Montgomery County Town Hall Meeting with Seniors, Wheaton, Maryland, March 29, 2007

At this town hall meeting held at Holiday Park Senior Center, Dr. Clifford Thomas had the opportunity to speak with and offer the services of his Saving the Seniors program to a group of more than 200 seniors and government officials, including County Executive Isiah Leggett. One of several convened by Mr. Leggett, this community meeting gave seniors an opportunity to raise issues and concerns of special interest, one of which is public safety.

Saving the Seniors Demonstration, Tower Senior Association, Inc., Takoma Park, Maryland, March 9, 2007

Dr. Clifford Thomas brought his safety program to an appreciative group of seniors on Friday, March 9, at a "street smarts" demonstration for Tower Senior Association, Inc. While the seniors were greatly entertained by Dr. Thomas' enthusiasm and engaging style, they became aware through the course of the demonstration that the uncomplicated self-defense moves they were being taught could potentially save their lives should they be faced with life-threatening situations. Leaving the crowd clamoring for more, Dr. Thomas told them that he looks forward to being invited back to conduct an ongoing program.

From The Senior Beacon Newspaper, March 2, 2007

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"Instructing All Ages in Self Defense and More" by Daniel GronerFor Dr. Clifford Thomas, martial arts teaches not just self defense, but a way of life. Thomas, 52, has studied both judo and tae kwon do since an early age, garnering awards, recognition and even black belt status. But his greatest honor, he says, stems from working with others -- from schoolchildren to seniors -- to show them how martial arts can improve their lives.

Print Article: A pdf document of the Gazette article by Daniel Groner can be downloaded here.

Active Aging Week, Collington Life Care Community, Mitchellville, Maryland, September 29, 2006

Dr. Clifford Thomas gave an exciting senior safety demonstration at Collington Life Care Community on Friday, September 29, as part of the featured activities for the community's 2006 Active Aging Week. His "Senior Safety Demonstration: Be Smart on the Streets and in Your Home" was a sample of what he offers in his Saving the Seniors: Street Smarts program, which is designed to teach practical self-defense methods and safety tips to seniors that they can use to protect themselves both on the street and in their homes. Dr. Thomas demonstrated to the community residents that while they often become targets of violence and crime, they should not mistake growing older with helplessness.

Excerpted from "Campaign Trail Leads to Bladensburg?s Home for Seniors", April 20, 2006

Bladensburg's Emerson House senior residents had a demonstration from Dr. Clifford Thomas as part of Bladensburg Mayor Walter James' monthly breakfast. The breakfast was also attended by Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan, Del. Victor Ramirez (D-Dist.47), and Jolene Ivy, candidate for one of the four District-47 delegate seats. Dr. Thomas spoke to the seniors about his ‘‘Saving the Seniors” street smarts program and demonstrated how seniors could use items they regularly keep on them, such as a cane or walker, to better protect themselves while out in the community. ‘‘Another way to keep our neighborhood safe is for you to be able to care of yourselves,” Thomas said. ‘‘I want to bring my talents to you.” Mayor James commended Dr. Thomas for his work with the seniors, citing the program as another example of the town’s proactive approach to improving the community.

Print Article: A pdf document of the Gazette article by Jeffrey K. Lyles can be downloaded here.

Dr. Thomas Interviewed, Prince George's Community Television, Largo, Maryland, June 1, 2015

CTV taped an interview with Dr. Thomas at Bladensburg Community Center that aired on CTV News on June 1. He spoke briefly about his upcoming Senior Safety and Self-Defense Workshop to be held at Bladensburg Community Center on June 8, and demonstrated with his assistant a few simple self-defense moves using a cane, as well as a way to escape from a chokehold.

Dr. Thomas Interviewed, Prince George's Community Television, Largo, Maryland, September 27, 2016

CTV taped an interview with Dr. Thomas at Bladensburg Community Center that aired on CTV News on September 27. He spoke briefly about bullying prevention and child sexual abuse prevention and the second annual Walk and Rally for October's National Bullying Prevention Month being held by We Lead By Example, Inc., at Bladensburg Community Center on October 1.

Dr. Thomas Interviewed, Prince George's Community Television, Largo, Maryland, September 14, 2017

Dr. Thomas was interviewed live on CTV News on September 14. He spoke about bullying prevention and child sexual abuse prevention and promoted the third annual Walk and Rally for October's National Bullying Prevention Month being held by We Lead By Example, Inc., at Bladensburg Community Center on October 7. He expressed his concern that not enough is being done in the schools to train children how to deal with bullies and refuse the advances of predators, citing the increasingly rampant uptick of these dangerous behaviors in recent years. See the interview at this link.