Former Augusta Department of Safety officer John Yelverton is currently teaching Law Enforcement and Fire Science classes at Maize High School. In addition to teaching at Maize USD 266, Yelverton teaches classes at both Hutchinson Community College and Wichita Area Technical College (WATC).

Earlier this week Yelverton and eight of his law enforcement students visited Augusta’s F5 MMA Gym in downtown Augusta to receive training from Augusta Department of Safety officers Mathew Meckel and Derek Highbarger.

“I wanted the students to receive some training in ground fighting and officer survival training,” Yelverton advised.

Meckel opened F5 Mixed Martial Arts in 2013 and offers classes for men, women, and youths, incorporating martial arts learning with the physical training that goes with it.

“The students can learn a lot from Officer Meckel and Sgt. Highbarger. I plan on bringing another class here.”