Archive for Thursday, November 10, 2011

Self-defense course pays homage to slain Lenexa teen

November 10, 2011

Baldwin City seems to be a relatively safe place to live. Walking outside or to a car late at night isn’t usually frightening.

For the 30 people who attended the Ali Kemp T.A.K.E. defense training Saturday at Baldwin Junior High, it is now that much safer.

Alexander Kemp, a 19-year-old Kansas State University student, was murdered in 2002 by a stranger at the pool she worked at in Lenexa. In 2005 The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation was started. Kemp’s parents established the T.A.K.E. Defense program, free hands-on self-defense training, to prepare women for if they are ever attacked.

“I thought it was important to have some sort of self-defense training,” said Debra McCullough, administrative assistant and senior coordinator for Baldwin City Recreation committee, who helped organized Saturday’s training. “There are a lot of Baker (University students) in town and it is just to be aware.”

T.A.K.E. Defense travels across the United States teaching self-defense, specifically tp college women.

Kemp’s father, Roger Kemp, spoke about the importance of self-defense before instructors Bob and Jill Leiker began to teach the class.

“Maybe you’re in a situation where you’re being attacked and you’ve always thought you’re going to get out of it, but you never think about what you were going to do in that situation,” Baker University student Jen Baldwin said. “That’s what they taught.”

Ages 12 and up attended the event, including six Baker students.

Baldwin, a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, said four members of Alpha Chi Omega attended the class.

“It is just good stuff to know. I wish more Alpha Chi (Omega members) would’ve went,” Baldwin said. “I just thought, why didn’t everyone go? Because I feel like it’s something everyone should know.”

The Leikers taught students specific ways to get out of dangerous situtions, including how to get off the floor, what to do if an attacker is choking you or if you’re in a bear hug.

“They demonstrated on each other how to do the different moves and explained each one really well so you know understood how to do them,” Baldwin said. “I don’t think I learned something that wasn’t beneficial. The whole thing was so important to know.”

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