LOVES PARK- "It’s not to scare them away, or to scare them at all of the public. But they have to be attentive and aware of the risks out there,” said Professional Fighter Chand Tubio.
It’s the reason behind No Joke Mixed Martial Arts’ Abduction Awareness Seminar for kids.
"To tell them exactly what to say when using their voice because they're obviously not strong enough to fight off a full grown attacker," explained President of No Joke Mixed Martial Arts Rich Whitenack.
Words like "stranger danger, fire," said Whitenack.
"Use their words as loud as possible. Scream and make sure they get that point across that this adult has no business with me," said Whitenack.
He says the goal of the class is to bring out the confidence in kids and to be aware of their surroundings. Parents like Carl Nuccio agree.
"Hopefully they can learn. If they learn one little thing there it could potentially save their life someday. I mean one little thing," said Nuccio whose daughter takes classes at No Joke Mixed Martial Arts.
One little thing could mean life or death for kids, especially young girls who are less likely to fight off an attacker.
Three girls between the ages of six and nine were recently the victims of an attempted Rockford kidnapping.
"Well I think it’s good for self-discipline and self-confidence. Especially for a girl growing up in this day and age, with everything that comes at these girls," said Nuccio.
The seminar will be taught by professional fighters and a certified safety professional that are dedicated to helping kids protect themselves.
The seminar runs from 3PM-5PM Saturday at 6358 Daytona Drive in Loves Park, IL. It is open and free to the public. No Joke Martial Arts asks parents to call (815)-986-5425 to reserve a spot.