A local Canadian couple are teaching a self-defense program aimed towards young girls in order to physically and mentally prepare them for any scenario.

Chris Cruikshank of Pictou County, Nova Scotia initially developed a self-defense and anti-bullying program for people of all ages. Soon after, his wife Kelli started teaching a specialized course for young girls.

Kelli teaches the girls three elements of anti-bullying and self-defense: talk your way out of it, walk your way out of it and then do whatever you need to do to get out of it.

The program teaches the girls to have a safe word known only to them and their parents or guardians. Additionally, they should listen to their gut instinct and walk away if they don’t feel comfortable in any situation. Finally, the girls learn physical techniques to escape a dangerous situation.

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