Y hosts workshops on self-defense

SYCAMORE – Kishwaukee Family YMCA Academy of Martial Arts and Safe Passage will present a radKIDS Self-Defense Workshop and a Women’s Self-Defense Workshop in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month at the Kishwaukee Family YMCA.

A radKIDS workshop for elementary school-aged children will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20, and a workshop for children in middle and high schools will be held from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. the same afternoon. A workshop for all females 12 and older will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21.

R.A.D. means Resisting Aggression Defensively. This national program teaches life skills and safety drills to school-age children. The focus will be to teach boys and girls to empower themselves and stand up for themselves and others in need. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children at no extra cost.

Girls younger than high school-age who attend Sunday’s workshop should be accompanied by their mother or an adult female guardian.

Both workshops will include identifying and avoiding potentially dangerous situations, along with strategies and self-protection techniques. Students can participate in the physical workshop activities at their comfort level. A Redman padded-suit opponent will be available at the end of the session for students who want to test their new skills. Participants should wear comfortable workout clothes and gym shoes.

The children’s workshop will include information about crimes against youth and bullying prevention; the women’s workshop will include information on crimes against women.

Both workshops will be presented by the YMCA’s black belt staff, along with Safe Passage and retired police lieutenant Tom Scott. The fee is $5. Space is limited and registration is required. Register at the Kishwaukee Family YMCA, 2500 W. Bethany Road in Sycamore, or online at

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