After Roger and Kathy Kemp’s 18-year-old daughter Ali was found beaten and slain at the pump house of their local pool in 2002, they decided to help empower women to defend themselves if faced with an attacker.
They created The Ali Kemp Educational (TAKE) Foundation and began teaching self-defense techniques to women across the nation. Teaching both self-awareness and defensive moves, the goal of TAKE Defense is to teach participants how to disengage from a potential threat and get to safety.
The Kiwanis TAKE Defense Training takes place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 8th at the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex on the Missouri Western State University campus. Check in begins at 9 a.m. The event is open to women and girls ages 12 and up.
The two-hour hands-on training event is free. With a $20 donation, participants will receive a 2017 TAKE Defense Training shirt with all proceeds benefiting the Ali Kemp Foundation and the Kiwanis Club of St. Joseph.
Pre-registration is encouraged with online registration available through March 31st.