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Waterloo TaeKwonDo Club celebrates anniversary


How to break a board is just one of the many skills people learn at Jensen's Ultimate TaeKwonDo.

Five years ago, the YWCA in Waterloo contacted Dennis Jensen about offering TaeKwonDo, which he accepted.

"We get a lot of kids in here who are being bullied or their self confidence is real low. The longer they stay in it, they get more confident, and you just watch them open up and grow. They turn into real good young adults," said Dennis Jensen.

Jensen's class is all about family. Dennis teaches with his son, Michael, and his daughter, Stephanie.

"There's a lot of families that come here. Great place to bring your kids to help them gain confidence and learn to protect themselves," said Stephanie Jensen.

Classes are available for beginners, all the way through black belts. Master Dennis Jensen is a fourth degree black belt. He didn't start TaeKwonDo until he was 35 as a way to lose weight. He said it's a great way to stay in shape and build confidence.

Helping kids come out of their shells is Stephanie Jensen's favorite part about teaching.

"Help the kids break out of their nervousness and shyness and help them open up," she said.

The goal of Jensen's Ultimate TaeKwonDo is not to make fighters, but rather to help mold good citizens.

"We have our ultimate kids here where they get patches if they get good grades. That's what we look for. Respect and confidence," said Dennis Jensen.

Classes are available at the YWCA on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Also, new adult classes started on Wednesdays and Fridays.

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