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Girls Learn Self-Defense

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EUGENE, Ore. — A program is helping little girls protect themselves.

Flower Power Self-Defense for Girls is a program targeted at young girls ages 5 to 12.

The executive director says one in four girls will be assaulted by someone they know by the age of 18. She believes teaching them while they’re young can help bring those numbers down.

“To reach girls at 5 years old and give them skills, they may prevent violence for the rest of their lives if they have the skills,” said Tonya Valadez, Program Executive Director.

The six-week courses are more than just physical. Students are also taught a number of other self-defense skills.

You can find more information here.

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  1. Postone says:

    This article states in part: “To reach girls at 5 years old and give them skills, they may prevent violence for the rest of their lives if they have the skills,” said Tonya Valadez, Program Executive Director”

    The above is more than true it is a life saver, both in terms of protecting yourself (Male and Female) but also more than that. You learn to be confident, self-disciplined, physically fit, and mentally healthy.

    Training should be mandatory in our nations schools from Kindergarten through 12th grade! Some might say no that’s not a good idea because they would be challenging each other and fighting etc… Well, children already do this, so just because they are training won’t change that except for the fact most of the time they would know where to draw the line. As much as children can do this, its a learned thing…

    I was put in a Karate class very young, but I changed it to “Aikido” which is uses others momentum against them. Although it can be used offensively. Sensei Segal (Who is seventh degree) comes to mind.

    The first Karate Kid Movie (1984) said it best. When the actor Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) asked Daniel Larusso played by (Ralph Macchio) why train to fight, and Ralph’s character answered “So I won’t have to!”

    This is so very true, and so very important! When you are trained in anything you have confidence in your abilities, you know what you can do, so you don’t have to prove it!

    Most people “hit” because they are afraid….

  2. Leilani Stokes says:

    Is there any way I can see the video that was aired about this article. This is my daughter and my family members would love to see it. Thank you, Leilani Stokes

    1. KEZI Staff says:

      Yes. The video is now attached above.

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