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07/19/09 — Taking safety into their own hands

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Taking safety into their own hands

By Catharin Shepard
Published in News on July 19, 2009 2:00 AM

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Gloria Kennedy, 72, left, practices her self-defense moves on Judy Corderio, 69. The class, which was taught by Brenda Calloway -- herself a Tae Kwon Do black belt -- was designed to give seniors the skills they need to stop an attack.

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Brenda Calloway explains to the group that a quick and aggressive response can sometimes be enough to get the upper hand and ward off a theft or assault.

"Hi-yah!" The yell came from 19 throats, but it still wasn't loud enough for Brenda Calloway's satisfaction. "Try it from here," she said, gesturing lower on her chest. This time, the students in the senior citizen self-defense class put some...

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