From American Jiu Jitsu of Maplewood and Maplewood Township:
American Jiu Jitsu of Maplewood in partnership with the Maplewood Police and Fire Departments, South Orange First Aid Squad and other Valley Street businesses are helping families start the year off right and kids get back to school safely.
This event will be a fun and informative expo with up-close views of emergency vehicles, bike safety, free child ID kits and self-defense demonstrations by hosts American Jiu Jitsu of Maplewood.
Back-to-school is a perfect time to reinforce safety best practices for kids as well as parents.
Preparation is key in managing risky situations with confidence. This event is an opportunity for our First Responders to connect with the neighbors they serve in a personal and meaningful way.
“The Maplewood Police Department is looking forward to participating in the Safety Fest event and continuing to build relationships with the community,” said Detective Steven Gyimoty, Maplewood PD. This event will be the first to combine all three of the towns’ safety services; Police, Fire and First Aid. Tony Avila, owner of American Jiu Jitsu of Maplewood, says of hosting the event, “It’s exciting to bring all our First Responders to the forefront of our community. It’s important for us to know the men and women who work to keep us safe every day and it’s a chance for kids to climb around and see the inside of cool emergency vehicles up close.”
Safety Fest marks another first highlighting the Valley Street area and the businesses that contribute to the vibrant Maplewood scene. American Jiu Jitsu of Maplewood is a long time member of the Valley St. community serving families by teaching defense techniques, building confidence, and mind/body connection while fostering respect for others. “This is the first real community event for Valley Street, we are extremely excited to make this happen for the kids and the community. We hope it will be the first of many such events,” said John Bowman, Program Director of American Jiu Jitsu of Maplewood.
“Bring the kids and enjoy an afternoon of learning and fun! “This is a great opportunity to learn about fire safety for your home, bike safety for the road, and some self defense techniques,” said Maplewood Deputy Mayor Frank McGehee.
American Jiu Jitsu has been an avid supporter of safety for our town. They have trained the Maplewood Auxiliary Police, worked with Girl Scout troops helping them with Anti-Bullying, and offered free women’s self-defense seminars. Now they are helping bring safety to the entire community with Safety Fest 2019.
“Tony has been a long time supporter of the town of Maplewood and its residents. I am excited to be part of this awesome event and look forward to being a part of it for many years to come,” said Officer Lindsey Stolk, Maplewood PD.
The event takes place 2- 5 p.m., Sunday, September 8, 2019, at 525 Valley Street in Maplewood, NJ.