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Scarsdale’s Edgemont Students To Train In Martial Arts

Lauren Spierer
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SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Edgemont High School has asked master instructor sensei Steve Sohn, owner of Steve Sohn’s Krav Maga Worldwide Training Center, and his staff to train the senior class in the Israeli martial art Krav Maga in honor of Lauren Spierer, an Edgemont High School alumna who disappeared without a trace three years ago while at college.

The self-defense sessions will be held out over a series of several weeks spaced a month apart to increase the likelihood students will be able to use what they learned if they ever needed to.

“The administration of Edgemont High School understands the importance self-defense and cares about their students' well-being so much so that they are providing this invaluable service.” said Steve Sohn, CEO of Steve Sohn’s Krav Maga.

In June 2011, Edgemont High alumna Lauren Spierer was away at college and went to a bar with friends. After leaving the bar, her last stop was at a friend’s apartment. No one has seen her since she left the apartment that night.

In Lauren’s memory, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) raised money to give to Charlene Spierer, Lauren’s mother. At the request of Mrs. Spierer, the entire senior class will receive Krav Maga self-defense classes. In the sessions the teens will learn self-defense techniques that are based on their bodies’ natural instincts. This will increase their likelihood of remembering them and using them under stress.

In addition to the self-defense sessions at the high school, the senior class and the faculty at Edgemont were provided with passes to take classes at the Martial Arts and Fitness Training Center off Brook Street in Scarsdale.

Steve Sohn can be contacted at or by phone at 723-7818.

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