Elk River Legion providing free law enforcement training

The Elk River American Legion will have a grand opening celebration of  its new training facility on June 16.

The grand opening celebration is open to the public. From 3 to 5 p.m. there will be a self-defense seminar followed by a grand opening party upstairs. Both the seminar and the party will be at the Elk River American Legion.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the seminar.

“Even if you don’t want to train, please come check out the new training facility and enjoy the party,” said an event organizer.

The instruction is conducted by Kasey Keckeisen. Officer Keckeisen works for the Mounds View Police Department and is also a team leader and training coordinator for the Ramsey County SWAT team.

Keckeisen is the Minnesota state director for one-on-one control tactics.

The training focuses on gross motor, high percentage techniques that are effective for all, regardless of size or gender and has an emphasis on ground control, an area where most law enforcement officers need additional training.

This program is not meant to replace any system that law enforcement agencies are using. It is designed to enhance and supplement those programs, increasing competence in hand-to-hand confrontations both standing and on the ground.

These classes are provided free to law enforcement, military and veterans. However, anyone interested in the martial arts, self-defense, or military combative measures are encouraged to attend. Women’s self-defense, conflict resolution and youth programs will also be starting soon.