Random stabbing highlights need for self defense

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DERBY, Kan. (KAKE) -

Rhyan and Kali Parsons may be young, but they're training in case they ever need to defend themselves.

"Because of how many bad people are in the world, and just being a girl," says Rhyan Parsons.

In fact, they already feel confident enough to fight.

"If something were to happen to us, we know probably about 5 different chokes that we could do.
We don't really feel under-powered. We feel really good. We feel ready," says the Parson sisters.

Angela Russell, an instructor at Laselva Marshall Arts and Fitness, she says it's attacks like Monday's stabbing that make what she teaches more important. 

She believes there can only be one banner over your life: victor or victim.

"I was a victim of rape when I was younger and that's what got me started in martial arts because I decided that wasn't going to happen again. So I've made it my mission to empower other women and empower other people," says Russell.

Russell knows the realities of this world, and wants everyone to be ready.

"I would rather people be empowered and learn to fight and not have to then wish they knew how to defend themselves and not be able to."
 

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