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Posted on: September 16, 2020

Self-Defense Program for Ages 12 and older to be presented by The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation

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A self-defense program meant to help women and girls fight the kind of violence which killed a 19-year-old Leawood resident who was murdered while working as a lifeguard at a neighborhood pool in Johnson County is being offered in early October at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s Mill Creek Activity Center in Shawnee. Social distancing and COVID-19 safe practices will be encouraged during this program.

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. Participants will learn basic techniques which could save their lives and thwart an attack. These programs are open to the public including any girl 12 years and older and women of any age. 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. 

To find this program online at, browse first under adult and then under sports. When using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords self defense.

The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation Seminar will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee. A donation of $12 per person is requested for the two-hour session. For more information about this program or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for 37186.

The self-defense seminar was designed by JCPRD Corporate and Community Wellness Manager Jill 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 T.A.K.E. program began in mid-2004, and over the past 15+ years, the program has reached tens of thousands of girls and women.

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