T.A.K.E. Self Defense sponsored by JCPR

T.A.K.E. Self Defense Seminars for ages 12 and older set for two locations in July

The Ali Kemp Educational (T.A.K.E.) Foundation recently completed its tenth year of presenting a self-defense program meant to help fight the kind of violence which killed a 19-year-old Leawood resident during the summer of 2002. You’re invited to join the 54,000-strong and growing number of women and girls who have completed the training when the seminar is offered in mid- and late-July during two separate seminars in Overland Park.

A July 19 presentation is set at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, while a July 26 presentation will take place at the Aubry Bend Middle School, 12501 W. 175th St., Overland Park. Both programs begin at 10 a.m. on a Saturday.

“These programs are open to the public including any girl 12 years and older and women of any age” said JCPRD Corporate Community Wellness Manager Jill Leiker. “Our oldest woman has been 90 years old so gather your friends, neighbors and family and join us for this life-changing class. It is the best two hours you will spend this year.”

Participants are encouraged to bring a friend as portions of the curriculum use a partner and mothers and daughters or good friends make great teams. Participants will learn basic techniques which could save their lives and thwart an attack.

These programs are being presented by the City of Overland Park and Blue Valley Recreation in cooperation with The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation.

The self-defense seminar was designed by Leiker, a professional self-defense trainer, in consultation with local law enforcement agencies after the idea for the program was brought to local recreation agencies by representatives of the Kemp family. The first seminar was presented on May 16, 2004, at the former Athletic Training Center in Merriam.

“In 1982 I started martial arts as a way to stay in shape and quickly learned the additional benefits of personal protection,” Leiker said. “In 2004, I was given the opportunity to give back what I learned, which is a tenet of the art: give to others what has been given to you. To do this on behalf of a child as special as Ali is an honor beyond words.”

A donation of $10 is suggested, but not required, for each of the two-hour programs. Advance registration is appreciated but walk ups are welcome. To register for these programs, go to www.takedefense.org.

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