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Free Self Defense Program for Ages 12 and Older to Be Presented at Louisburg, Kan., Location on April 7
POSTED: 03/09/2007
A program which represents a living legacy in honor of Ali Kemp, a 19-year-old Leawood resident who was murdered while working as a lifeguard at a residential subdivision pool in the summer of 2002, is being offered in Louisburg, Kan., on April 7.

The program is called T.A.K.E. Defense Training and has as its goal giving women of any age 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 make great teams. Participants will learn basic techniques which could save their lives and thwart an attack.

This program is being presented by The Ali Kemp Educational (T.A.K.E.) Foundation in cooperation with the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. 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.

This two-hour program is free, but advance registration is required and enrollment is limited to 100 people per class. The program will be offered at the the Louisburg High School, 202 Aquatic Drive, Louisburg, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 7. To register for this session, call (913) 837-2941.

On-line registration is available for this program by emailing For updated program listings, see the District's website at Search for the keyword "self defense" to find this program in the JCPRD's Activities Catalog and online listings.

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