LOVES PARK (WIFR) -- When a stranger tried to abduct a few Stateline students in February, the owner of a local martial arts center got inspired to teach kids more about self-defense.
No Joke Mixed Martial Arts in Loves Park hosted a class Saturday that taught kids what to do if someone tries to snatch them. One of the first lessons they learned, yell something like "fire" if a stranger tries to take you, and make sure to yell loudly. The kids also learned about the buddy system and even how to throw some punches. The class was free and parents say they appreciated the lessons.
The gym hopes to do another session in the coming months. They also offer women’s self-defense classes. To learn more visit: http://www.nojokeinc.com/