The Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County in Union, New Jersey, is offering a Self-Defense Karate and Safety Awareness class in the fall.

According to, the program enhances self-esteem, self-discipline and safety awareness. It involves a black-belt instructor teaching beginning, intermediate and advanced self-defense techniques. Self-discipline and defense, rather than aggressiveness, are taught to students during the course, which also features classes on stranger safety, fire safety and home safety. It is recommended that students wear a uniform, which will be available at the first class. All uniforms come with a white belt and are fitted for size.

“Karate is one of our most popular classes at Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County,” said Russell Triolo, Chief Executive Officer. “We are happy to offer this important skills training to our members and the community.”

As reports, registration for the class starts Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9-11 a.m., in person at the Union Club only – 1050 Jeanette Ave., Union (no telephone registration). Classes are set to begin on Saturday Sept. 27 and run through Saturday Dec. 20. Class times vary depending on age and level. The cost of the class is $9 per lesson. You may pay as you go or pay in full and receive a free lesson. There is a one-time registration fee of $10. Call 973-284-5650 for more information.

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