James A. Johnson a martial artist with more than 20 years of experience, owns Aiken Taekwondo Academy with his wife and two daughters. The Johnsons’ teach students of all ages Taekwondo, a Korean form of martial arts. They describe this form as “an exciting and powerful martial art known for its dynamic kicking and hand techniques.” To teach others how to fight is not their primary objective, James stated. One does not have to go through martial arts training to reap these benefits, either. Check your area gym for courses based in these techniques. At USCA, a course is available for female students taught by USCA chemistry instructor Dr. Ronald J. Ruszczyk.
“Most of the techniques are simple enough for anyone to use,” he said.

For those who aren’t currently very active and are looking to change that, “any increase in exercise or physical activity is good for you. Start slow, and gradually build up the length and intensity of your workouts over time,” advised the Harvard School of Public Health’s Nutrition Source.For those adults who are active, this source further recommends to “get a minimum of 2½ hours per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or a minimum of one-and-a-fourth hour per week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity or a combination of the two.” Some self-defense courses can be “more intense” than others, Parr said.

If you have any questions on keeping yourself safe, visit or call Aiken Public Safety Department at 803-642-7620.

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