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☆Summer of Self Defense☆July 2017☆

It's the Summer of Self Defense!

It's the summer of Self Defense as a wide array of classes are available!

Guys only street smart essentials: Wednesday 12th 6:30 to 8:00pm

Learn the skills and principles for personal street defense. Male only concerns and pre-violence indicators of street and social violence. Hands On and Active Class. $10

Women's Only Knife Defense: Tuesday 18th 6pm to 8pm

Edged weapons are becoming more prevalent in our society, especially when it comes to violence against females. Learn to reduce the risk of a knife attack. Very Interactive $20

Social Dangers - Women's Only Self Defense: Sunday 23rd 2 to 4pm

Learn to Fight Back!! *for college age women and an age in the social/nightlife scene. Learn what to look for in predators and their hidden intentions for potential assaults. $20

Intro to Tsunami Street Defense for Women!! : Tuesday 25th 6 to 8pm

Our unique approach to personal protection for Women of All ages and experience level. This is the perfect class to start your training. Very Hands On!! $15

Co-Ed Defense Against Stick/Bludgeon. Thursday 27th 6:30 to 8pm

Learn the most effective way to prevail in a street attack when the perpetrators are using sticks, bats, clubs or tire irons! $15

Girls On Guard: Saturday 29th 9am to 12pm

Perfect for any girl in or about to start college but open to ALL girls ages 13 and above!! Lifesaving techniques and skills for young women and a must for all in high school and college. $30 *Countryside Community Church 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit PA 18411.

  • All classes PAYMENT IN ADVANCE IS MANDATORY!!!! Mail check or money order, payable to Robert Thomas 418 south Main Street, Taylor PA 18517

  • All classes - No experience needed.

  • Unless otherwise noted, All Classes at 418 South Main Street, Taylor PA 18517

  • All training in socks and athletic clothing. No jewelry during training is highly recommended.

☆Private, Solo and Small Group Sessions available - contact us to schedule your appointment.

The Girls On Guard Defense System

Robert Thomas receives his 2012 Certifications from Steve Kardian

I am 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. This class is available to females only. These programs acknowledge that women have different strengths than men, and thus should use different techniques. Most women will not prevail if they try to match a criminal punch for punch in a stand-up fight. I teach the use of legs, hips, and most of all leverage to defeat a hostile attacker. In the video below, my assistants and I demonstrated some of these concepts for WNEP 16's Sharla McBride:

Female assistants are on hand for Girls on Guard classes* to help teach these techniques, and make the student feel more comfortable as she learns that what she once thought were vulnerable positions are really positions of great leverage and power.

The program starts by teaching the student how to escape the worst case scenario—the sexual assault position. This sends an important message. Even when it seems that the student is in the most vulnerable position, the tables can be turned immediately, and the attacker becomes the one in danger. There should never a point where a female feels defenseless—even in the worst case scenario.

From there, we develop the techniques needed to avoid that scenario. By the time the student has completed the course, she no longer has the victim mindset. She will see sexual assault or kidnapping attempts as problems that have solutions. She will respond to full power attacks with appropriate and effective techniques. She will gain a confidence and an awareness that many times will prevent the need for the use of her training. With continued training girls will learn to be on guard at all times, making them hard targets--the kind that makes criminals choose other targets altogether.

Robert's Instructor, Steve Kardian, appears on NBC's Today Show

*Unless otherwise noted.

About Robert Thomas

Robert Thomas has been training in martial arts since he was eleven years old. He devotes much of his time to sharing his knowledge by teaching self-defense. His commitment to the arts led him to expand his reach to include practical uses geared toward ensuring the ability of the everyday person to defend themselves in threatening situations.

Robert Thomas and a Student After Practice.

He specializes in providing clear and effective instruction to people of all ages and levels of fitness. Robert holds a third degree Black Belt in Shinko-Ryu Karate, under Jerry Rizzo Sensei. He is also the only certified Girls On Guard instructor under Steve Kardian in the Great Scranton Region of Northeast Pennsylvania. In addition to these certifications, he rounds out his approach to teaching self defense by training in Kenpo, Grappling/Jiu-Jitsu and Tai Chi.

Robert is available to provide a program to best suit the needs of your institution, community group, school or corporation. Programs can range from a lecture to an active demonstration with group participation. It is also possible to present a blend of the two depending on the audience, venue, and desired program goals. No matter the format, the program may include printed materials, handouts, audio visual aids, plus a question and answer period for all who attend.

The intent of any of Robert's programs is to provide the participants with a better understanding of self-defense focusing on how and when an attack occurs, heightened awareness techniques, instructions on how to avoid being a target, and the anatomy of an attack.

Robert Thomas travels to several colleges and universities to lecture on a wide range of topics; including but not limited to: sexual assault on college campuses. Stalking, party rapists, dating violence/abusive partners, partying safe, smart choices on today's campus, just to name a few. Classes on campuses can be tailored to the needs of any campus group, club, Greek organization or student body needs.

Map & Directions

Where is the Tsunami Self-Defense Academy?

The Tsunami Self-Defense Academy is located at 418 S. Main Street, in Taylor, PA, and is where small group clinics are held. Large group seminars will be held throughout the greater Scranton, Wilkes Barre, Pocono North East of Pennsylvania.

If you are trying to find the Taylor location, you can use the map and directions below.

Contact Info

To arrange a class:

Please use the contact information below to arrange for lessons or find out when the next group sessions are forming.

Robert Thomas

Rear 418 S. Main St.
Taylor, PA 18517

(570) 357-8195

(570) 562-1677



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