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VAN WERT - As part of National Crime Victim's Rights Week, the YWCA of Van Wert will be offering one one-night Personal Protection Class for boys and girls, grade 4-7. Class will take place Saturday, April 27 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the YWCA. This is free class is open to all area youth.

This class is designed to teach kids how to avoid dangerous situations and what to do when their personal safety is threatened. Class participants will gain confidence, knowledge, and the skills to protect themselves in this hands-on program. Topics covered will include situation avoidance and prevention, self-defense, and improvised defense tools. The class will be instructed by the Van Wert Self Defense Team.

Class instructors include Rick Busch and Ed Klausing. Rick Busch is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do with 36 years of experience, including 24 years experience teaching martial arts, self-defense, and rape prevention classes and seminars. Ed Klausing is a black belt and also has 32 years experience in teaching various martial arts. Please pre-register by calling the YWCA at (419) 238-6639.