Elite Training Center Academy will be host to a women’s self-defense seminar this weekend.

Owner Steve Bruce will cover aspects of self-defense from breaking holds to escaping from being pinned to the ground.

“This is specifically for women,” Bruce said.

“I honestly feel through consistent training, anyone can become better equipped to deal with an attacker.”

The seminar will begin at 10:30 a.m. March 10 at the training center’s new location in downtown Arkansas City, at 220 S. Summit St.

“I feel that we need to start a movement of empowering women,” Bruce said.

“Women are generally considered to be weak and easy targets for a predator.”

The key to surviving any bad situation is being prepared and ready, he said.

“There is no reason a woman cannot train and become capable of not only defending herself, but also her family,” Bruce said.

“We are becoming a society of victims and we need to learn to be survivors.”

Bruce regularly teaches woman’s kickboxing classes.

“I know for a fact that the women I have met with, throughout my career, have gained an inner strength from training that has given them tremendous confidence in their own abilities,” he said.

The class is $25 for each participant, but Bruce is offering Cowley College students the opportunity to take the class for only $20.