The first seminar, called “Kid Safe”, was for ages 7 to 13. This focused on the best strategies for children to deal with issues like bullying, assault and abduction. The kids learned basic strategies for using their voices, blocking strikes, returning fire if needed and escaping common grabs and holds. The kids learned a lot in the short time given AND had fun in the process.
The second clinic was for ages 13 and up and called “Be Safe.” This focused on proven strategies from around the world for avoidance and dealing directly with harassment, assault, abduction, and date-rape. These participants also learned basic strategies blocking and striking, and escaping common grabs, holds and attacks. Of course, the intensity of the topics covered was scaled to be appropriate for the different age groups.
Big thanks to the participants and parents, and a special thanks to Kathy Petrucci for helping with the children’s workshop.