Free Self-Defense Session on Courthouse Square

Elite Martial Arts/Royals Karate

From left; Sam Fell, Meredith Esselman, Debra Yanakis, Jodi Cerminaro, Master Rick Harsche, Arielle Sekula, Beth Wulff, Elise Smith, Carmine Gatto, and John Potratz

Master Rick Harsche, owner/instructor of Elite Martial Arts/Royals KarateArts/Royals Karate, will host a free, community self-defense class on Wednesday, August 10, on Courthouse Square in Downtown Scranton. The program will be held weather permitting.

The session is open to men and women of all ages, and no prior training in martial arts or self-defense is required. Registration opens at 6:30 p.m. followed by the session at 7 p.m.

Prior to the community program, Elite Martial Arts/Royals Karate students will participate in a martial arts class on the Square at 5:30 p.m. The community is welcome to observe this special outdoor class.

With locations in Hawley, Honesdale and the newly-opened studio in Scranton, Elite Martial Arts/Royals Karate is a certified member of the World Tang Soo Do Association (WTSDA).  Under the direction of Owner/Instructor Master Rick Harsche and his team of professionals, students may advance to the level of Black Belt or Master.

 Master Rick Harsche is the head instructor at Elite Martial Arts/Royals Karate. He is a World Tang Soo Do Association (WTSDA) internationally certified 5th Degree Master Instructor and a certified international tournament judge. Master Harsche has been in training for nearly 30 years.

For more information, contact Jodi Cerminaro, instructor, Elite Martial Arts/Royals Karate at 570.840.8401 or