This semester, freshmen PE students at Prairie Ridge High School are learning self defense techniques under the instruction of Team Curran Jiu-Jitsu. Jeff Curran, a professional fighter of 20 years and founder of Team Curran, spends each 45-minute session demonstrating self defense skills and allowing the students to practice themselves.
“We have them coming in for five sessions and every Friday they’re coming in to teach the freshmen some skills and techniques,” said Michelle Loeding, a PE teacher at Prairie Ridge. “On the first day they taught some release techniques and today they’re going to do some escape techniques.”
The goal with the curriculum is to incorporate simple and common skills that students can easily remember and apply to a real-life scenario.
“When I put into real context what life could be like if somebody were to actually try to hurt you, I get their attention. It’s been fun working with them,” said Jeff Curran.
The students see value in what they are learning.
“I’m really liking this class because the world isn’t a perfect place and sometimes you might run into a bad situation and it’s always good to be prepared,” Prairie Ridge freshman, Brady Rogers, said.
His classmate and fellow freshman, Grace Koeppen, agreed.
“It’s very helpful, definitely in the future, if you run into a sketchy situation you’ll know what to do,” said Koeppen.
Jeff Curran and his team will continue to visit Prairie Ridge for three more sessions this month.