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July T.A.K.E. Self Defense Seminars for ages 12 and older set for two locations in Overland Park
POSTED: 06/25/2014
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 mid- and late-July during two separate seminars 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. A July 19 presentation is set at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty, 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.

The program, which has been presented to more than 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 T.A.K.E. (The Ali Kemp Educational) Foundation in cooperation with the Johnson County Park and Recreation District, City of Leawood Parks and Recreation, 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 free, but donations are accepted. Advance registration is required and enrollment is limited. To register for this program, go to

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