Published by: KETV Newswatch 7
OMAHA, Neb. — For self-defense instructor Jessica Lee, her course begins with a chat.
“We teach kids how to deal with bullying situations in a non-aggressive way,” Lee said. “(how to) diffuse situations without being physical.”
Lee is one of several instructors with 88 Tactical, leading its youth anti-bully and anti-abduction course. It’s designed to give children and parents peace of mind in a world that isn’t always so peaceful.
Their lesson for bullying troubles? Win using words.
For those with worse intentions? Words, and then action.
“You’re not my mom, you’re not my dad, somebody help!” cried one student, before striking her instructor. The lessons, both spoken and hands-on, are important to parent Rod Pries.
“I think all parents ought to see it!” Pries said. “And practice at home and so forth.”
Joshua Wellborn and his daughter Kylie agree, saying that with these lessons, she is prepared for anything.
“It gives me peace of mind that, if something were to happen to her, she would be able to act and react in a helpful and positive manner,” Joshua Wellborn said.
“I now know that I can be able to get out of a situation that might lead me to getting killed,” the 9-year-old added.
At the end of Lee’s class are handshakes between teachers and students. All the while, every one of them reflected on the day’s lessons.
“I think it shows it’s okay to stand up for themselves,” Lee said. “You don’t always have to be told ‘Shh! Be quiet!’ No. Stand up for yourself!”
88 Tactical offers more than 70 classes in safety and self-defense for all ages. More information can be found at their website.