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Self Defense Program for ages 12 and older to be presented on Nov. 2 at Oxford Middle School in Overland Park by The Ali Kemp Educational (T.A.K.E.) Foundation
POSTED: 10/09/2013
A self-defense program meant to help women and girls fight the kind of violence which killed a 19-year-old Leawood resident during the summer of 2002 is being offered in late July at the Matt Ross Community Center in Overland Park.

The program is called The Ali Kemp Educational (T.A.K.E.) Foundation Seminar and takes its name from a woman who was murdered while working alone as a lifeguard at a subdivision pool.

The program, which has been presented to well over 50,000 women and girls since 2004, gives women ages 12 and up the self-protection skills they need to avoid becoming the victims of violent crime. 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.

This program is being presented by the T.A.K.E. Foundation in cooperation with the Johnson County Park & Recreation District and the Blue Valley Recreation Commission. The program was designed by JCPRD Corporate and Community Wellness Manager Jill Leiker, a professional self-defense trainer, in consultation with local law enforcement agencies. The idea for the program was originally brought by representatives of the Kemp family to the local recreation agencies.

The two-hour program is being offered beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Oxford Middle School, 12500 Switzer, Overland Park. The program is free, but advance registration is required and enrollment is limited. To register for this program, go to

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