Local youth get Halloween safety lessons from the martial arts

Although Halloween traditions have stayed the same for years, parents today know that Halloween can also be a “scary time,” as there is plenty to worry about for our children. That is why Matt Numrich, chief instructor of Elite Defense Systems’ Self-Defense Academy, is putting on a free Halloween Safety seminar for this year’s trick-or-treaters called “Monster Mash.” Mark the date: Oct. 26.

Here are some quick tips for parents to pass on to their children this Oct. 31:

1. Plan your route: If an emergency arises, it is helpful for parents to know the route their children took. Make a simple map at home, and discuss with your children simple and safe routes to cover.

2. Be seen: Somewhere on the child’s costume, there should be something reflective such as reflective tape, or they can carry glow sticks or flashlights. This will obviously protect them on the dark streets.

3. Buddy up, and stay together: The bigger groups, the better, and never, ever enter a person’s house for any reason. It is easier for a child predator to lure one or two children off their path or into a house. Criminals never like groups, whether we’re talking about a Trick or Treat setting or “walking home from school” environment.

Several other topics will be taught in a fun and exciting way for the children, such as “When do we get to eat the goodies?”, “Good home, bad home” and basic self-defense awareness. This “Monster Mash” will also have a fun game for the kids, which they’ll love!

The seminar will be Friday, Oct. 26, conducted every 30 minutes from 5-7 p.m. at Elite Defense Systems, 5695 Strathmoor Drive, behind OSF St. Anthony Medical Center. Although the seminar is free, pre-registration is required. All ages are welcome, and the children are encouraged to dress up.

For more tips from Chief Instructor and Child Safety Expert Matt Numrich, or for more info about the event, call (815) 885-4758 or check out www.FreeSelf-Defense.com.

from the Oct. 24-30, 2007, issue

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