Real estate agent David Dietz, a first-degree black belt, is looking forward to sparring with Lone Tree police officers. Lone Tree Police Chief Steve …
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Real estate agent David Dietz, a first-degree black belt, is
looking forward to sparring with Lone Tree police officers.
Lone Tree Police Chief Steve Hasler and about 12 of his officers
recently earned their camouflage belt, a rank that now gives them
the right to begin sparring.
“It is like boxing, but with use of both hands and feet,” said
Lynne Schlottman, 4th-degree black belt and owner of Lone Tree ATA
Family Martial Arts Center.
The American Taekwondo Association is the curriculum utilized at
the center, also known as Karate for Kids.
Mrs. Schlottman — or Mrs. S, for short —is what her martial arts
students call her, due to the formal use of names at her school. As
a former World Champion in sparring in 2004, they better call her
whatever she wants. Schlottman in turn uses formal police titles as
well, Officer Rogers, Detective Jones or Chief Hasler. All an
important element encompassing respect and courtesy of martial arts
“Chief Hasler contacted me regarding training his group,”
Schlottman said. “He said he wanted to have his group train at a
facility that was family-friendly and part of the Lone Tree
Hasler believes that when it comes to community policing, it is
important to create relationships with the community.
“You have to know them and they have to know you,” Hasler
So the men and women in blue, put on their martial white doboks
once a week for an hour and a half of dedicated tae kwon do
The idea of self-defense training came about because Hasler said
the officers did not have weekly self-defense training available,
and the yearly re-certification wasn’t adequate in his mind. When
he started putting all the pieces together, the need for training,
team building, and interacting with the community, it all seemed to
“It builds confidence so as not to rely on weapons as much,”
Dietz, who started tae kwon do as a hobby with his children,
agrees the training increases confidence. His daughters, Taylor,
10, Megan, 8 and Ashley, 7, were all on the shy side.
“They are all in leadership roles now, and get up in front of
classes and help lead,” Dietz said. He added that his youngest
daughter, “Just likes hitting things.”
As far as training with the officers, Dietz said that they have
a great sense of humor and he enjoys having them in the school.
Schlottman’s school has designed specific training modules for
the officers, and in her opinion it has strengthened her ability to
teach relevant self-defense and situational awareness to her
“The police officers have unique job stress,” Schlottman said.
“Our program allows them a healthy outlet to work off that
In her eyes, the officers benefit from working out with their
fellow officers and bonding with the community.
Christopher Lank, CEO and founder of a software company, trains
at the Lone Tree martial arts facility with his family.
“They are very competitive and determined to become great at tae
kwon do,” Lank said about the officers. “This always makes for
great classes together.”
Schlottman said working with Lone Tree police officers has been
a great experience for everyone involved.
“The younger kids in the school are meeting the officers and
learning they are cool role models.”
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