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Posted on: July 2, 2018

July T.A.K.E. Self-Defense Seminars for 12 and older set for two Johnson County locations


The Ali Kemp Educational (T.A.K.E.) Foundation is offering two self-defense programs at Johnson County locations during July.  

The foundation presents these programs 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 65,000-plus and growing number of women and girls who have completed the two-hour training seminar.

A July 14 presentation is set at the Aubry Bend Middle School, 12501 W. 175th St., Overland Park, while a July 21 presentation will take place at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park. Both programs begin at 10 a.m. on a Saturday. These programs are being presented by Blue Valley Recreation and the city of Overland Park in cooperation with The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation.

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. Participants will learn basic techniques which could save their lives and thwart an attack.  

A donation of $12 is appreciated, but not required, for each of the two-hour programs.  Advance registration is appreciated but walk ups are welcome. To register for these programs or to check for additional local classes, go to

The self-defense seminar was designed by Johnson County Park & Recreation District 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.