Self-Defense Classes Benefit Kruger Family
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Omaha, NE - Throwing punches to prevent tragedy. It's the idea behind a benefit for one family still struggling after their loved one, Andrea Kruger, was attacked and killed in August.
Life time fitness hosted a two hour self-defense class on Saturday. Nearly 100 women attended and all for the same reason: how to survive an attack.
Lori Roberts spent her birthday taking down her friends. "I thought, what better way to celebrate my birthday than to come out and empower women." Roberts isn't only here to protect herself, she's remembering her sister in-law, Kruger. "Andrea was a tough cookie, she was a strong woman and she would want all of us to be just as strong as she was."
Although Kruger is gone, her death taught many in the community that tragedy can happen anywhere. Tamara Montegut and her daughter Ayanna live down the road from where police found Kruger, they call her attack an eye-opener. "We think it's important for everyone, particularly women, to defend themselves in a dangerous situation."
The sheriff offers some personal safety tips, they include:
-Be aware of your surroundings
-Trust your instincts, do not take unnecessary risks
-Park directly in front of a main entrance or windows of a business
-Never walk to a car alone, use the buddy system
-Plan an escape route ahead of time if needed
-Be suspicious of anyone you don't know
-Report any threats or suspicious activity to 911 immediately
-Don't give rides to hitchhikers or strangers
-Never exit your car for strangers
-Keep your doors locked at all times'
-Avoid isolated and dimly lit areas
-Stay on main roadways or roads you're familiar with
-Carry a cell phone and have it readily accessible
-Have your car keys out when walking to your car for a quick entry then lock the doors behind you
-Do not carry too many items in your hands to keep your hands free for defense
-If attacked, use your car alarm, horn or scream to create attention
-If robbed, give up personal property without retaliating
-If unsure if a law enforcement officer is stopping you: turn on hazards, proceed to a well lit or populated area, look for an official uniform, don't exit your car unless your sure it's a law officer or call 911 to confirm the identity of the officer who stopped you
Omaha ATA Martial Arts teaches defense classes. To enroll in classes contact ATA at (402) 334-2257 or visit their campus at 14510 Grover St, Omaha.
Life Time fitness will hold additional self-defense classes, contact their gym at (402) 334-3000 or stop by at 17007 Elm St, Omaha.