ARDMORE, Okla. (KTEN)  — A group of children in Ardmore had the chance to learn and practice basic self defense tactics with the help of local law enforcement and a non-profit. 

Heroes with Hope of Southern Oklahoma and the Ardmore Police Department are partnering up, teaching and preparing kids for self defense scenarios. 

The hour long class demonstrates the best ways to react and respond when in a dangerous situation while building better self esteem. 

“This age group is the one that’s more frequently targeted, '' said Detective Casey Alsobrook with Ardmore PD. “Some of these kids are better educated and a little more self aware, aware of their surroundings and have a little more confidence that if they find themselves in this situation they have a few tools to help them get to turn loose.” 

Heroes with Hope focuses primarily on children and law enforcement, offering opportunities that benefit the public. 

“What better people to teach it then the ones that know what they’re talking about,” said executive director Melissa Woolly. “With the few I was able to work with, in the beginning they were very bashful, shy or not sure of what to do and by the end of the class they were much more confident that they could do this.” 

“If you’re in a bad situation you should do this stuff,” said class participant Berkley Marris. “So you don’t get hurt or anything happens to you so you don’t have to go to the hospital, I’ve been wanting to learn it.” 

Spots for the second kids self defense class are full for January 12th, but a waitlist option is still available. For more information, you can reach out to 580-319-8571.