Self Defense Program for ages 12 and older to be presented on Feb. 8 at Shawnee Civic Center

Girls and women ages 12 and up are invited to attend a free presentation of the T.A.K.E. self-defense seminar in early February at the Shawnee Civic Center.

This program is meant to help women and girls fight the kind of violence which killed a 19-year-old Leawood resident during the summer of 2002. The program is called The Ali Kemp Educational (T.A.K.E.) Foundation Seminar and takes its name from a young woman who was murdered while working alone as a lifeguard at a subdivision pool.

The program, which has been presented to more than 50,000 girls and women since 2004, gives participants 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. 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, Feb. 8, at the Shawnee Civic Center, 13817 Johnson Drive, Shawnee. The program is free, but advance registration is required and enrollment is limited. To register for this program, go to

The JCPRD’s Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

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