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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

May 19, 2010

Combat Cats camp will teach youth how to deal with bullying

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 15 can learn techniques for dealing with bullying, sexual misconduct and other harmful behaviors at the Northwest Missouri State University Police Department's 2010 Combat Cats Camp on Saturday, June 5, in Bearcat Arena.

The camp will teach participants how to be aware and avoid ways other people might hurt them. Youth also will learn appropriate responses to other people's bad behavior and escape techniques.

The camp will be led by University Police officers Kristina Martinez and Sgt. Dru Burns. Both have extensive martial arts experience and defensive tactics training. Both have instructed more than 1,000 hours to women and children at Northwest and other communities.

"I think this camp will stimulate the participants to be more proactive about their well-being," Martinez said. "I hope they will leave believing that no one has a right to hurt them and they have a right to defend themselves and will do so when appropriate. I also hope this camp will empower them to seek help when they are being hurt by someone. We will stress that they can tell on someone because it's not their fault when they are hurt by other people's bad decisions or behavior."

All assisting instructors are certified police officers and students who have completed the course. Instructors will include officers from Northwest Missouri State University Police, the Nodaway County Sheriff's Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Maryville Public Safety Department.

Males will be instructed from 10 a.m. to noon, and females will be instructed from 1 to 3 p.m. Sessions will begin with large group instruction. Youth will then be divided into groups of five and rotate to stations focusing on specific techniques.

Sessions are limited to 100 participants, so early registration is encouraged. Registration is $15 per participant and must include a registration form signed by the participant's parents.

All proceeds will be used to purchase equipment for the Northwest Women's Self Defense Program.

For more information or to request a registration form, call 660.562.1255 or University Police Officer Kristina Martinez at 660.562.1254.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468