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Oct 30

Three T.A.K.E self-defense classes being offered in the metro area

Posted on October 30, 2018 at 1:33 PM by Becky Burnside

The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation is planning three self-defense classes known as T.A.K.E. Defense seminars in the Kansas City metropolitan area during November.  In honor of their namesake, 19 year old Leawood resident Ali Kemp who was murdered while working at a pool in Johnson County, the T.A.K.E. Foundation focuses on continually increasing safety for girls and women. 

“Participants will be introduced to self-defense tips and techniques in a safe and caring environment,” said JCPRD Wellness Manager Jill Leiker. “They will leave with important education about their personal safety that they are able to implement immediately in their lives and their families’ lives to keep them more safe.”

The first class will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Liberty (Mo.) Church of Christ, 1401 Glenn Hendren Dr., Liberty. 

The second class is in partnership with Olathe Health Systems and Olathe Parks & Recreation and will take place Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 East Kansas City Road, Olathe.

The third class is in partnership with the Blue Valley Recreation.  This class will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Oxford Middle School, 12500 Switzer Rd., Overland Park.

These three sessions will be the last local classes T.A.K.E. will present in 2018.  A donation of $12 per person is appreciated but not required at each class.  Registering with a friend or family member is fun and encouraged. For more information or to register for these programs, go to www.takedefense.org.

“I want participants to understand they can make an impact in their personal safety by taking a proactive approach to safety in their everyday lives, and to feel their time (at the class) was well-spent and beneficial,” she said.

Leiker started the program in mid-2004 in honor of 19 year old Leawood resident Ali Kemp who was murdered while working at a pool in Johnson County. Over the past 13 years, this program has reached more than 65,000 girls and women, and Leiker has personally presented the program more than 600 times over the more than 13 years.  

Earlier this year, The Women’s Intersport Network for Kansas City honored Leiker with its BKD WOW Award for her work with The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation.