The Torrington YMCA is holding a series of weekly self-defense classes for women every Monday night from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. from September 12 until at least the end of the year. Instructor Nicholas Yousefzadeh has been practicing Taekwondo and Hapkido for more than 20 years. He welcomes women of all ages to the group to learn strategies for protecting themselves. Monthly cost is $30 for Y members and $55 for nonmembers, or $13.50 for a single class. Register on the website or call 860-489-3133.