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’Bama Black Belt not about karate

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A covey of quail explodes underfoot at Water Valley Lodge, located within the Alabama Black Belt region. The Alabama Black Belt Adventures she promotes is something different and its participants are usually appropriately armed; you don’t do hand-to-hand combat with a deer, turkey, hog or quail.

Pam Swanner gets calls like this all the time…“Is this where I sign up for a karate class?”
Swanner, Project Director for Alabama Black Belt Adventures, is accustomed to such calls. In the gracious and genteel manner of the southern lady she is, Swanner explains that her organization has nothing to do with, according to Webster, “karate — the Japanese system of unarmed self-defense that stresses efficiently struck blows.” The Black Belt Adventures she promotes is something different and its participants are usually appropriately armed; you don’t do hand-to-hand combat with a deer, turkey, hog or quail.

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