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Tsunami Self Defense Instructor Robert Thomas is offering up a one-day self defense class for women in Taylor next week.

“We’re going to be hosting a unique training session for women of all ages and skill levels,” Thomas said. “It’s happening from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at the Taylor Community Center.”

The class is $15 individuals or $20 for duos.

“And again,” he added, “This is a class for women only.”

The event is structured to teach techniques that can be employed as self-defense and funds raised will benefit the Women’s Resource Center (WRC).

For Thomas, organizing and running a successful fundraiser this year is especially important, as he’s been invited to attended the WRC’s “Take Back the Night” event on Thursday, April 24, as the keynote speaker on Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton.

Thomas is the only certified instructor in the Scranton Pocono Northeast Region in the Women’s Self-Defense and “Girl on Guard” (GOG) systems under Steve Kardian — one of the nation’s go-to experts on issues of women’s safety.

These programs acknowledge that women have different strengths than men and, thus, should use different techniques. According to Thomas, most women will not prevail if they try to match a criminal punch for punch in a stand-up fight. He teaches the use of legs, hips and most of all-leverage to defeat a hostile attacker.

Register by sending your check or money order (payable to Robert Thomas) to the Tsunami Self-Defense Academy, 418 S. Main St., Taylor, PA 18517.