Kaskaskia College was the place to be on Tuesday, April 18 as the KC Criminal Justice Club hosted a class entitled "Safe Defense- Everyday Skills for Personal Safety." The class was facilitated by Professor Ken Ingersoll and led by Andrew Blandford, a 2014 graduate of the Kaskaskia College Criminal Justice Program and a Mt. Vernon Police Officer.
Also assisting were two Jui Jitsu world champions, Andrew Wiltse and his brother “Bird” Wiltse. A third assistant is Dennis Riley, also an upcoming Jui Jitsu competitor. All three are from Pegigo Submission Fighting in Mt. Vernon, IL.
The training consisted of several topics relating to everyday safety for all of us. Topics included the Illinois laws of battery, assault, criminal sexual assault and abuse. Individual safety and defense was stressed to include places we walk, drive, live and visit.
Participants were physically placed in scenarios and were taught how to safely overcome the threats. Awareness of our surroundings were stressed throughout the seminar as more people become active in the warm season.
According to Ingersoll, “The Criminal Justice Program/Club took this opportunity to educate the students on personal safety. The outdoors active season is here so we wanted to remind everyone how to stay safe and react in potentially harmful situations. We were very fortunate to have Jitsu World Champions from Pedigo’s Gym in Mt. Vernon to show us the basics of self-defense as well”.