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VAN WERT - The YWCA of Van Wert will offer a one-night, free, self defense class for women class, 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9. The class is provided by the Van Wert Self Defense Team.

This class is designed to teach women how to avoid dangerous situations and what they should do when faced with an unavoidable, unsafe circumstances.

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.

Class instructors include Rick Busch and Ed Klausing. Rick Busch is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do with 29 years of experience, including 23 years experience teaching martial arts, self-defense, and rape prevention classes and seminars.

Ed Klausing is a 3rd degree black belt and also has experience in teaching various martial arts.

Participants should be women and girls ages 13 and older and should wear loose-fitting comfortable clothing. Please pre-register by calling the YWCA at (419) 238-6639.

For more information contact Vickie Rusk, administrative assistant, at (419) 238-6639.

General operating hours are Monday - Thursday from 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 6:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Closed Saturday & Sunday. The YWCA is a United Way and Van Wert County Foundation funded agency.