TAKE teaches students self defense

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    Any woman at TCU looking to learn self-defense skills can attend a free defense training class at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Brown-Lupton University Union Ballroom taught by The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation.

    The class will teach women safety awareness skills and hands on self-defense training, according to the TAKE Foundation’s website.

    Pi Beta Phi President Caroline Dixon said the event is sponsored by Pi Beta Phi, Alpha Delta Pi and Sigma Phi Epsilon.

    “Hopefully it will be a chance for women to be able to learn some basic self-defense and feel empowered and able to know how to defend themselves in any situation they encounter,” Dixon said.

    According to the website, the program was started in 2005 in honor of Ali Kemp, a Kansas State University student who was murdered while working at a neighborhood pool in Johnson County, Kansas. Kemp’s parents started the foundation to “forever carry on Ali’s legacy and ensure that what happened to her doesn’t happen to another.”

    Dixon said Kemp was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, while Kemp’s mom is a member of Alpha Delta Pi and her dad is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

    Dixon said the fact that Kemp was a Pi Phi brought the issue closer to home and made her realize that a similar situation could occur at TCU.

    Who: Open to all women

    What: Free self-defense training class

    When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

    Where: BLUU Ballroom