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Mother daughter duo learn karate and self defense

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Earning a black belt in karate is never easy. But for one mother- daughter duo in Dubuque, receiving a black belt meant learning together and inspiring others.

Sami and Carolyn Wiezorek have been training at Springer's Karate for four and a half years.

"I would always see my mom practicing at home and I thought it would be really cool so then I tried it," said Sami Wiezorek.

A teacher by day, black belt by night, Carolyn says training with her daughter helps both of them reach their goals.

"I just try and stick with it, she helps me a lot and we work together," Carolyn Wiezorek said.

"It's something they can share together and i thin a big focus is on the women's self defense and on the young girls personal safety," said Master Ben Springer.

Master Springer says martial arts helps bring mind-body awareness and concentration. He says it can also teach women to have the confidence to defend themselves.

"It's alarming now a days, young women are not being treated with respect that they should," Springer said.

The motto here, a family that kicks together sticks together.  The Wiezoreks are no exception.  Springer says the lessons learned in karate are life long.

"Things like discipline and self focus and perseverance and dedication to a goal. All those things go hand in hand with employment, your job, raising your kids, education. It really ties into you personal life," Springer said.

Lives like the Wiezorek's, who inspire each other, one kick at a time.

Carolyn already has her black belt.  Her daughter Sami received hers last week. The two plan to continue karate together and hope to encourage other women to do the same.

Online Reporter:  Lauren Squires

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