Kick insecurities goodbye

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By Kelly LeVan

When you kick an attacker, you have to kick hard – and if he or she fights back, you need to be ready for that impact. That’s why at Key Technique Tae Kwon Do, the students really fight.

“We teach people what they need to know in a real situation,” said co-owner and retired Navy Capt. David Swingle. “We really kick – but we do it safely.”

In fact, he said, “Safety is everything.”

Students wear a full complement of pads and protective gear as they train with five certified, black-belt instructors, including Swingle, Karen and John Zavicar, Clint Waldrop and Lisa-Jo Dunham.

All instructors have advanced degrees and many years of experience in Tae Kwon Do. John Zavicar has practiced for 32 years, attaining a fifth-level black belt. The levels top out at 10 – but most don’t achieve level 10 until they die, Swingle said.

In addition to regular Tae Kwon Do classes, Key Technique offers health and wellness discussions; firearms, weapons and ground-fighting training; children’s self-defense seminars; and women’s self-defense seminars.

The women’s seminars, which Karen Zavicar has provided informally for a few years now, have proved very popular.

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