Studio Offers Free Self Defense Classes for Kids

Published 02/28 2014 10:10AM

Updated 02/28 2014 11:27AM

JOPLIN, Mo. -- With the recent kidnapping and murder cases of Adriaunna Horton and Hailey Owens, parents are searching for preventative measures to protect their children.  A karate studio in Joplin is putting on free self-defense clinics this Saturday for kids to prepare themselves physically.

Sensei Gage Hanlon, owner of Universal Sport Karate, wants to give back to the Joplin community by putting on self-defense sessions for children. He wants to teach them how to protect themselves in any situation.

"If we were walking out on the street and someone came up and attacked us, we have learned many different blocks and strikes and places to push that would get them away," said Audrey Cage, Full Brown Belt, 13-Years-Old.

"It's going to be a free event. We're going to have four 45 minute sessions of covering the same material from 2 o'clock to 6 o'clock," said Sensei Gage Hanlon, Owner of Universal Sport Karate.

Hanlon plans to teach children of all ages basic, effective tools that can save their life.

"We're going to be going over things like, what do you do if someone grabs you by the wrist, how do you get out of someone grabbing you by the wrist that is an adult who is grabbing you with their most intense strength," said Sensei Hanlon.

The training doesn't stop there.

"We're going to ask the parents when they go home, even if they decide to never get their kids involved in martial arts past this day, that they take this material home and practice this stuff with them," said Sensei Hanlon.

Sensei Hanlon hopes to raise awareness to children and parents of dangers that exist everywhere, and how to best protect yourself.

"Why wait until it has happened to you before you understand that it is out there, it is a reality," said Sensei Hanlon.

(KODE, Joplin)

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