A new self-defense class for children is starting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
(Photo by KQRE)

An Albuquerque woman has recently launched a new self-defense class for kids.

According to KRQE, Heather Winklejohn — co-owner of Wink’s Gym in Albuquerque — has been teaching safety classes for teenagers for years, but rising demand from parents has prompted her to start a new program for elementary school kids called “Smart Kid Self Defense.”

While kids are often taught how to avoid potentially dangerous situations involving strangers, they are still in danger of being taken advantage of by people they know.

“That’s really the bigger threat are those people that are in our everyday interactions with our children,” said Winkeljohn.

The new program will use role playing to teach kids — ages 7 to 12 — about when familiar adults go too far, and how to fight back. As times have changed, KQRE says, it is more important than ever to teach children about self-defense.

“There’s even more access to our kids,” said Winkeljohn. “You know it’s something that we all have to be vigilant about with our children and especially in the age of technology.”

As KQRE reports, the first class is set for Friday, September 19 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Wink’s Gym. The cost of attendance is $20 per child. To register, call (505) 822-6326. In addition to the new self-defense class for kids, Wink’s Gym teaches MMA classes for students of all levels, as well as fitness conditioning classes and much more.

Read more: http://krqe.com

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