“This isn’t about violence. This is about self-defense. You have to be willing to fight back” says Bob, one of the trainers and everyone’s favorite “bad guy”, at the two-hour T.A.K.E. Defense training that I attended today at the Kauffman Stadium.
This is actually the first time I learned about T.A.K.E. (The Ali Kemp Educational) Foundation and it’s program so I did a little researching and found this information:
The T.A.K E. Defense program represents a living legacy in honor of Ali Kemp, a 19-year-old Leawood, KS resident who was murdered while working as a lifeguard at a neighborhood pool in Johnson County. The goal of the program is to raise awareness and to give women ages 12 and older the self-protection skills they need to avoid becoming the victims of violent crime. Our oldest participant has been 86 years old! Participants will learn basic self-defense techniques, which could save their lives. – http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/community/take_defense.js
The program was very informative and fun at the same time. Roger Kemp, Ali’s dad was also there. After the introductions and a little background about the program, we all headed out to the field and trained with our friends on how to defend ourselves.
For additional photos, please feel free to browse my Facebook page’s T.A.K.E. Defense album.