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VAN WERT - As part of National Crime Victim's Rights Week, the YWCA of Van Wert will be offering one-night, free Self Defense Class for Women, 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24. 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 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.

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.

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.