Thursday, June 25, 2009

Kentucky educators receive martial arts training

Keith Smith, left, an alternative school teacher in Pendleton County, simulates an Aikido technique to without harm, grab and control a student trying to punch someone, as Smith lays his hands on Todd Brendel, right, a school resource officer for Erlanger-Elsmere Schools during a class at the Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services in Cold Spring.

Some Kentucky educators are learning the martial art Aikido so they can better restrain students or defuse violence without causing injury. The techniques give educators confidence that they can gain control over a potentially violent situation without harming anyone, an Aikido-trained educator said. The Cincinnati Enquirer

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