Archive for Saturday, July 19, 2008

Crime down, but self-defense up

More adults are attending karate classes after hearing about crime in the community.

July 19, 2008


On the street

Have you ever taken or considered taking a self-defense course?

Never really thought about it. I’ve never been too worried about self-defense.

More responses

Local statistics

According to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, 2,579 crimes have been reported in Douglas County through July 4. Here's a breakdown of some of the numbers:

¢ Rape - 28.

¢ Robbery - 46.

¢ Aggravated assault/battery - 184.

¢ Burglary -340.

¢ Theft - 1,860.

¢ Motor vehicle theft - 106.

¢ Arson - 15.

Hammer strikes. Front kicks. Head butts.

Don and Susan Booth practice these intense techniques on each other, but they also teach them to others during weekly self-defense classes. And, the couple said, they've been teaching them to a growing number of people recently.

The Booths said more adults were attending classes at their Premier Martial Arts school, 3201 Clinton Parkway Court, after hearing about crime in the community.

"All the attacks and the beatings, the shootings, robberies; it's pretty scary out there," Don Booth said. "You just have to be aware of your surroundings, and I think that's one of the reasons our business has picked up."

After four murders and a string of at least six liquor store robberies in the city this year, it may seem crime in Lawrence has gone up. But police say that's not the case, at least in the first quarter of the year.

While crime in the nation has started to spike slightly for the first time in 15 years, in large part because of a sluggish economy, crime in Lawrence went down during the first three months of the year by more than 300 crimes compared with last year, Lawrence Police Capt. Dan Ward said.

Ward, who oversees the police department's investigations division, said it was a good signal that crime in Lawrence wasn't reflecting national statistics, but it's also no reason to let up your guard.

"Anytime, I would tell people they need to be practicing good safety practices, locking their doors, paying attention to what's going on," Ward said.

And for some, that means taking self-defense classes. The Booths said they taught about 200 people techniques during 30 classes at the mixed martial arts school every week.

The couple will be host to a free self-defense workshop at 11 a.m. Aug. 16 at the school.


tangential_reasoners_anonymous 9 years, 7 months ago

"Crime down, but self-defense up"Guess that balances my investment portfolio.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 7 months ago

clyde_never_barks--- "Expected response from the bozo."So what does that mean? Does that mean you agree with my comment, or disagree? Please explain.BTW, my comment comes from my experience of over ten years of practicing various forms of martial arts. It was fun, but what I learned about self-defense is that the best technique is to learn to recognize dangerous situations, and 1) avoid them as much as possible, and 2) when you find yourself in one, get out of it as fast as you can, with as little violence as possible. In the real world, even the baddest a$$ around is vulnerable to the sh*t that can happen when fists, knives and guns come out.

Puff_Dragon 9 years, 7 months ago

Re: the video......she doesn't have to worry about it. And neither do most of you Rambo's out there. In a real fix you wouldn't be worth a sheet anyway. Next we're going to hear from Lt. Gen. Winehouse or Spc. 5 kick-azz-boxer-wannabebut too chickn to do sheet about anything........

Buggie7 9 years, 7 months ago

Smitty is on the YH bandwagon. Some people will fall for anything!!!! Read their (YH) website again Smiity. If ya have half a brain you'll see right through it.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 7 months ago

Unless someone is willing to practice long and hard, self-defense techniques are unlikely to make anyone any more secure.

packs_of_wild_dogzz 9 years, 7 months ago

Smitty-Yeah I read the story. What does your post have to do with the story?

packs_of_wild_dogzz 9 years, 7 months ago

smittywhat does that have to do with a story about self defense?

Tarrant 9 years, 7 months ago

Wild guess....smitty is in cahoots with Yellow House is some form or another.

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