Local self-defense studio teaches potentially life-saving skills


SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — January is National Stalker Awareness Month and there are facilities that will give you hands-on training to help you protect yourself if you’re in a dangerous situation.

Self-defense is everyone’s right and it could be life-saving.

“We do reality-based, situational self-defense,” said Robert Thomas, owner of Tsunami Self Defense Systems, a realistic street defense and empowerment training.

“We want everyone to know that they have that sort of empowerment principle of, I’m worth defending,” stated Thomas.

He teaches just about everyone from kids to women to professional fighters because he says everyone should be prepared.

“To see news stories, cameras on TikTok and things like that of people getting jumped or who knows what in all different scenarios. I think that has keyed off an alarm in women’s minds that this could happen anywhere. That repetition of being exposed to something like that is making it more prevalent and making women feel like they have to be a little bit more proactive,” explained Margaret Clarke, self-defense instructor at Tsunami Self Defense Systems.

At the end of the day, Thomas says “be your own first line of defense.”

“You have a far greater chance of being harmed by someone you do know rather than someone you don’t know. People are really alert and aware of the guy lurking in the shadows, the mugger with the ski mask. Certainly, and Hollywood doesn’t help that. But the reality is relationship abuse, predators within your friends and family circles really make it a concern for your safety,” explained Thomas.

Anyone can be stalked, it is a crime that is often ignored. For help for tips on how you can identify if you are being stalked click here.

To learn more about self-defense or for class information visit Tsunamiselfdefense.com.

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