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Tracie Arlington: Empowering Children Back To School (Part 2)

Tracie Arlington, Play It Safe Defense

Tracie Arlington Phil(s) in the Blanks

  • Working with children to help them stand up to bullies

  • Founder and lead instructor of Play It Safe Defense, an organization that teaches life-saving self-defense techniques to women, men and children

  • Tracie covers topics such as verbal defense, bullying, friendship drama, conflict resolution, stranger abduction, physical defense and sexual assault prevention

  • Black belt in Taekwondo and has been teaching self-defense courses since '98

  • Certified "Rape Escape" instructor for the Women's Self-Defense Institute

  • Taught over 100,000 Girl Scouts how to keep themselves safe.

  • 2006 USA Freestyle Martial Arts voted her "Instructor of the Year"

  • Having a plan A, plan B, and C for strangers

  • Teaching children not to talk or listen to strangers

  • Role playing with parents

  • Strategies to guard against getting jumped in school

  • The creep alarm

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Tracie Arlington

Owner and Master Instructor

In 2003 Tracie Arlington, a mother of two and a black belt in Taekwondo realized there was a need for self defense training for women and children that were not in the martial arts. So PlayItSafeDefense was born!

Tracie is a strong advocate of child safety and self defense training. She has been teaching self defense since 1998, and is a certified national instructor for the Women’s Self Defense Institute. In 2006 USA Freestyle Martial Arts voted her Instructor of the Year. Tracie has conducted thousands of classes for colleges, high schools, local businesses, mother groups, children’s camps, places of worship, community centers, Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, and teen groups. She also speaks regularly to mom groups and women’s organizations throughout San Diego County on the importance of learning self defense. (via:


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