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Self-defense training gives Texoma family some sense of security

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WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) -

A kidnapping or sexual assault is a family's worst nightmare. But one Texoma family is making sure their children will not be easy victims. 

"You hear kids going to the bathroom and getting abducted or (while you're) standing in the grocery line someone trying to take your kid from you. As a mom that's my biggest fear is losing a kid that way and not being able to find them," Allison Lindstrom said. 

In June, surveillance footage caught a man walking into a Florida store and grabbing a 13-year-old girl who was standing inches away from her mother. 

"All predators are looking for the easiest prey," Harley Elmore, Chief Instructor at Warriors Way Martial Arts Academy said. 

In early September, two Hirschi High School students were accused of sexually assaulting a female classmate near the auditorium. These events are some of the reasons the Lindstrom's enrolled three of their children in martial arts classes.

Their second to oldest daughter Zoë has been training for the last three years. 

"In situations like that you get so nervous like an adrenaline rush that you lose your train of thought and don't know how to react," Zoë said. 

That training becomes instinct in the event of an attack. 

"When we're at home and we're kind of just messing around it's almost like an instinct for them to react in a way that assures (me) that they're able to defend themselves," Zoë's father, J.J. Lindstrom said. 

Some of the moves Elmore teaches his students to include palm and elbow strikes to the sensory organs like the eyes, nose, ears and throat of the attacker. These moves do not take a great deal of power to accomplish the goal.

"They cause pain on everyone no matter who you are," Elmore said. 

He also teaches his students the No, Go, Yell, Tell method. Elmore said if you are approached by a person you believe wants to cause you harm, let them know you will not speak or engage with them. If they grab you he said to go into fighting mode.

"You're going to fight to escape. You're not fighting to win," Elmore said. 

Using these moves can help you if you're ever attacked, but they take training and practice. Elmore said being aware of your surroundings at all times is just as important. It is much harder for you to become a target if you are keeping an eye on a possible predator. 

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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