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News briefs from around the globe - March 2006:

On this page you'll find some media coverage of the martial arts from March 2006.

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Shocked burglar runs into 17 sumos:

(March 31, 2006):

A Japanese burglar who thought he was lucky to find an unlocked door was shocked to be arrested by 20 massive sumo wrestlers who were staying at the building.

Konoshin Kawabata was rummaging inside a room in Osaka in the early hours when he was suddenly confronted by wrestler Dewanosato, who stands 180 centimetres and weighs 131 kilograms.

The burglar, who was unemployed, admitted he was baffled to find himself among sumo wrestlers.

Motel 6 murder suspect remains held at ACI:

(March 31, 2006):

A kickboxer facing murder charges has waived his right to a bail hearing.
Malbon Dulaney Bolden is accused of killing his girlfriend at the Motel 6 in Warwick earlier this month.
Investigators said the woman died from blunt force trauma. Both were in town for a kickboxing tournament the night before.
On top of his world:

(March 31, 2006):

Jonathan Cetrony has Down syndrome. He also has a first-degree black belt in karate.
Like many others with disabilities, Jonathan Cetroni is a teacher of the nondisabled.

Through his actions, the 24-year-old Dover Township man with Down syndrome challenges those around him to re-examine their expectations.

"He's amazing," said Michael Rifkin, Cetroni's karate instructor for nearly eight years. "He's very determined. He'll go to any lengths to learn something."

Foley finding pride in Tae Kwon Do accomplishments:

(March 31, 2006):

Standing in the ring, Barbara Foley looked from one opponent's belt to the next, analyzing her competition.

Foley, a crossing guard at Garth Elementary, has been practicing the martial art of Tae Kwon Do for four years, starting just one week after enrolling her grandson. Although her grandson has taken a new interest in baseball, Foley and her husband have committed themselves to the sport of Tae Kwon Do.
Tae Kwon Do has helped Foley lose weight and lower her blood pressure, taught her to physically defend herself and to maintain self-control.
“You get so short-tempered with the public,” Foley said of her crossing guard duties. “This has taught me self-control. I have more self-respect, self-esteem, and I gained a family.”
China reality show puts art back into martial arts:

(March 31, 2006):

The monks of China's ancient Shaolin Temple, one of the birthplaces of Chinese martial arts, have teamed up with a television company to make a reality show aimed at unearthing a new Jet Li or Jackie Chan.

The "K-Star Global Chinese Kung Fu Star TV Competition" will give 108 martial artists a chance to show their moves at the famous temple complex in the hills of Henan province with the winners getting a shot at Hollywood stardom.

"The Shaolin temple is the cradle of kung fu which brings with it the great responsibility of promoting kung fu," Abbot Shi Yongxin told a news conference.

Teenager wins martial arts black belt despite fighting cancer:

(March 30, 2006):

A week after being told his leukaemia had returned for a second time, the determined schoolboy won the award in Taekwondo.

Matthew, 14, was in remission, but was told by doctors the cancer had returned.

He had trained hard for more than a year and was determined to achieve his belt.

Matthew, who took the exam a week before chemotherapy started, said: "I decided to do it because I wouldn't have the energy levels to do it during the treat-ment plus it would take twice as long and I would have had to work twice as hard. I was determined I wanted to get it."

Martial arts instructor strives to preserve Filipino history with museum:

(March 30, 2006):

When B.L. “Spunk” Trial grips the rattan stick used in Filipino martial arts, he seems to channel his ancestors.

They are those who battled to save their land from foreign forces. And they include the indigenous people whose stories and fighting spirit, Trial believes, go ignored in school books.

“History,” he said, “is written by the victor.”

So he’s doing something about it.

Trial proposes to create a Warrior Arts of the Philippines Museum in Virginia Beach. Plans call for the museum to document the traditions, dress, weapons and fighting techniques of the country’s estimated 70 ethnic groups.

Black-belt granny learns tae kwon do late in life:

(March 30, 2006):

The 71-year-old overcame initial struggles in the sport in her quest to stay fit

Mija Kim doesn't like taking medications or gaining weight.

So to stay healthy, she signed up for tae kwon do. Except Kim's not your typical student tackling a board-breaking martial art. She's 71.

Most remarkable: Kim recently earned a black belt.

"Anybody can do it," says Kim, who moved from South Korea to Bethany 21/2 years ago. "I wanted to test myself, to see if it was possible. And I'm doing it."

Karate-teach sex rap KO'd:

(March 30, 2006):

Prosecutors have dropped 149 counts of sex abuse and other charges against a well-known Staten Island karate teacher accused of repeatedly molesting a pair of female students over two years.

Robert Kim (...) copped a plea to a disorderly conduct charge on the eve of trial yesterday.

Politicians Told Not To Bring In Martial Arts Exponents:

(March 30, 2006):

Malaysia: Politicians in Sarawak have been warned against employing martial arts exponents for bodyguard duties and crowd control in the coming state election.
Don't do it, said the Deputy Inspector-General of Police.
"It is the duty of the police to maintain security and not anyone else."
Cubs find new strength with 'Dr. K':

(March 30, 2006):

Dusty Baker took a cue from former Cubs manager Don Baylor this spring, looking for ways to help stop the unending flood of injuries that washed away last season. But unlike fitness guru Mack Newton, Baker's ''Dr. K'' was a silent partner who didn't get massive media coverage.

Newton's presence in Cubs camp during the Baylor regime from 2000-02 was highly publicized, became controversial the more the spotlight was trained on him and eventually worked against Baylor, who was fired in July 2002. The players rebelled at Newton's clubhouse lectures, viewing them as unwanted morality preaching that exceeded the authority of a fitness instructor.

Baker enlisted the services of Kent Kitagawa, who is a black belt in tae kwon do, as are his wife and children.

Capoeira: Dangerous Dancing:

(March 29, 2006):

What do you get when you mix martial arts, singing, Portuguese, exotic musical instruments and a whole lot of enthusiasm? Capoeira.

The movement looks simultaneously asthetically pleasing and dangerous. Participants of the club, or capoeristas, throw spinning kicks, jump into no-handed cartwheels and sweep their feet from side to side, shifting their weight as they pulse in and out of low stances.

"It's very primal in a way, but it's also transcendent," said Kevin Blankinship, a member of the club. "When you're in the middle of it, it's intoxicating."

Martial Arts Instructor Accused of Molestations:

(March 29, 2006):

A Santa Ana martial arts instructor was charged Tuesday with repeatedly molesting two of his students.
Jose Felipe V., 45, is the owner of the Kung Fu Martial Arts Assn. The alleged crimes occurred in the back seat of his car in secluded spots such as a parking structure. The girls were 13 and 16 when the crimes allegedly began.
Martial art to protect social order:

(March 28, 2006):

In an innovative move, martial art masters are joining the police in a southern Chinese city to safeguard social order, the first of its kind in China.

Martial art masters will get training on laws and regulations, police missions, and regularly receive social security information from the police.

Notes: Rays say Tavarez got 'lucky':

(March 28, 2006):

A day after the fracas between Joey Gathright and Julian Tavarez, Gathright's Devil Rays teammates said the Red Sox pitcher was lucky Gathright did not inflict harm on him.

Gathright pushed Tavarez's leg and hollered something at him. As Gathright got up off the ground, Tavarez gave him a right hook to the face, and then another punch to the top of the head.

Turns out Gathright is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, having studied the Korean martial art from ages 8 to 18, before stopping after he got drafted to play baseball.

Teaching karate from a wheelchair:

(March 28, 2006):

Born with spina bifida, Jeremy has been competing his entire life, challenging the doctors who said he'd never walk, much less ski.

But when Jeremy was 15, doctors placed an 18-inch rod in his back to straighten out his spine.

It was at this lowest point of all that he remembered a childhood dream inspired by his favorite cartoon: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Jeremy wanted to learn karate.

Gilroy's rising star:

(March 28, 2006):

The 26-year-old Figueroa, a martial arts instructor and kickboxer, emerged a champion when he defeated Deante Spencer in the three-round, 125-pound weight class Novice division final at the 75th Anniversary Golden Gloves tournament in San Francisco's.

"The event came up and I got my boxing license," said Figueroa, who is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has an 8-0 record in kickboxing fights. "I said, 'I'm going to start this. I want to try it out.'"

A little over a year ago Anthony began devoting more time to boxing, which he was first exposed to as a 9-year-old. He started training four days a week in his garage with his older brother. Two other nights a week, he trains at the gym of well-known martial arts fighter Cung Le in San Shou.

Chan goes to hospital after stuntman kicks him in chest:

(March 28, 2006):

Jackie Chan is blaming the stuntman's shoes, and not the stuntman, for sending him to the hospital for a checkup.
Chan, 51, said in a statement on his Web site that was kicked in the chest while shooting his new action-comedy, "Rob-B-Hood" in Hong Kong last Thursday.
He said in a statement on his site that the stunt mishap was just an "ordinary accident."

Machete madman stopped:

(March 28, 2006):

A martial arts expert helped avert a potentially deadly tragedy when a machete-wielding man charged at a city cop in a crowded West Edmonton Mall food court.
"I kind of side-stepped him and right-kicked him above the knees and he went down. He went flying and the knife went flying."
Carlson said the man was arrested after he was "tripped" by an unidentified mall patron.
Kickboxer's trial is underway:

(March 27, 2006):

The retrial of a former international K1 kickboxing champion is underway at the High Court in Palmerston North.
Paul Kingi is accused of the manslaughter of his 60-year-old uncle Rangiwananga Kingi in Dannevirke. Paul Kingi has admitted punching his uncle during an argument over the loan of a bull.
Crown lawyer, Ben Vandekolk, says the punch was delivered with such force and precession it lifted the deceased off the ground, propelling him backwards and causing him to hit his head on the concrete.
He argues the accused man's admission to punching his uncle is an admission of manslaughter.
However, defence counsel, Christopher Stevenson, argues Paul Kingi was acting in self defence after his uncle took a swing at him.
Taking stress out of test:

(March 27, 2006):

A Centennial teacher is utilizing the ancient martial art of Tai Chi Chuan to help his students get ready for the state's standardized mathematics and reading tests.

“I want you to concentrate. Think about what you are doing. Breathe in and breathe out,” Joseph Pisacano, a fifth-grade teacher at Everett A. McDonald Elementary School in Warminster, said Thursday morning as he and the students made smooth, circular motions with their arms and hands.

The class went through the Tai Chi relaxation exercises as calm, soothing music played quietly in the background.

On your toes, Clouseau:

(March 27, 2006):

In the past few months, our home has become like something out of a Peter Sellers movie.

You never know when you're going to get chopped.

My wife started it by signing me up for karate, reawakening an obsession from the past. Shelby was without a hobby at the time, so she got signed up too. Dayna, a natural gymnast, can catch on to just about anything and goes right along.

At first, it was controlled. We did specific drills and practiced purposeful moves. But today, I am constantly in danger. It might be a side kick Shelby aims at me just as I open the bathroom door. It might be a sweep to the leg from Dayna while I'm pouring a bowl of cereal.

Real-life Role Models: Moving meditation:

(March 27, 2006):

Tai chi keeps 88-year-old Rick Cramer healthy, alert and active in the community as he teaches the martial art to others

Rick Cramer has a rowing machine in his living room, a stationary bike in his kitchen and a step machine on his porch.

He may not use every piece of equipment in his daily exercise regime. What he does use every day is his body. Every morning, 20 minutes of the muscle-bending, mind-expanding Chinese martial art called tai chi.

"It's mandatory at my age to exercise," Cramer said. "I'm 88, but I'm going for 100."

If Cramer lives that long, he'll have been a tai chi practitioner for well over four decades.

How blind girl beat bullies to black belt:

(March 26, 2006):

When cruel bullies attacked Maxine Ingram in a school corridor because she was blind, she had two choices - fight or flight.

Luckily for Wales, she chose to hit back.

And 12 years on, the 26-year-old is preparing for her second Paralympic trials as the only British female judo player at her level - sighted or blind.

Spectators no more: These women prove you're never too old to take up karate:

(March 26, 2006):

Lorraine Kovar and Yvonne Boyd look like elegant ladies who lunch, but on Tuesday and Thursday nights, they're elegant ladies who punch ... and block and kick and let out shouts that should make anyone think twice about messing with either of them.

They are the reigning karate grannies and training buddies at Kovars Karate Center in Carmichael. Kovar is 79 and Boyd is 70.

"We have so much fun," Boyd says. "I think we bring a sort of wisdom to it."

Both women were led to the padded floor by their grandchildren.

Boyd, who lives in Citrus Heights, had done her time on the sidelines watching her grandson, now 13, train.

Giant strides - Monica Albright looking forward to future:

(March 26, 2006):

"She's got a spirit that can't be broken."

That's how Richard Albright describes his daughter, Monica.

On May 7, the day before Mother's Day last year, Monica Albright and her mother were in an auto accident in which their vehicle exploded. Monica's mother died in the accident. More than 80 percent of Monica's body was burned. She lost both legs, and the fingers of her left hand had to be removed.

Less than a year later, she's walking again and has a positive outlook on her life and what the future may bring.

After seeing an article about a person getting into martial arts after losing their legs, Monica has decided that she too wants to get back into practicing her martial arts skills. She now can see that nothing can hold her back from accomplishing her dreams.
Officer wrestles armed teenager:

(March 25, 2006):

Likely deadly force avoided in martial arts takedown.
Officer Eric Schaubel saw the brown plastic butt of the gun. The alleged drug dealer reached for the cheap .38 Special in his waistband.
"If I had been a foot farther from him, I probably would have had to kill him," the 18-year Stuart police officer said.
In the darkness of East Stuart early Wednesday, Schaubel made the split-second decision to use martial arts instead of his gun to wrestle the 17-year-old suspect to the ground. It was a peaceful arrest praised by fellow officers who said Schaubel is one of the exceptional cops with the training and confidence needed to pull off such a maneuver safely.
Tucson lawyer new Superior Court judge:

(March 25, 2006):

Gustavo Aragon is Pima County's newest Superior Court judge.

He has done extensive pro bono work - public service - and is an assistant scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America and an instructor in martial arts, according to Napolitano's office.

Graceful capoeira is a cultural treasure:

(March 25, 2006):

Guilherme Torres pops another CD into the changer in the office at Meriden Academy of Martial Arts, and his capoeira students begin to rock and weave, swaying to the Afro-Brazilian rhythms.

Pairing off, they engage in something unlike other martial arts. This isn’t sparring. Blows aren’t landed — not on purpose, anyhow. Instead, capoeira players describe what they do as a conversation.

Capoeira came into being with a sort of dual purpose. As practiced by African slaves in Brazil, it was a method of self-defense, relying on evasion and acrobatic, circular movements and unconventional attack, such as kicking from a handstand position.

Hayden's free Aikido class changing students' lives:

(March 25, 2006):

Amanda Tucker never thought a martial arts class would change her husband's life.

Adam Tucker, 22, was overweight and plagued by a short temper. Then he started going to J.D. Paul's free Aikido classes in the Hayden Middle School gym.

"The first night he went, when he came home, he was like, ‘I love it. I'm going to do this for the rest of my life,'" Amanda Tucker said.

Since that first class in February 2005, Adam Tucker has lost 70 pounds and found a new outlook on life. He's not the only one.

Filipino Marine Teaches Martial Arts to American Sailors:

(March 24, 2006):

Philippine Marine Master Sgt. William Baltazar, studied his seven American students and raised his blade.
Baltazar expertly slashes his bolo blade and continues through a five-count demonstration of Pekiti-Tirsia Kali, the native martial arts of the Philippines involving both the knife and the Philippine weapon of choice (called a bolo). His students, members of Underwater Construction Team 2 (UCT-2) out of Port Hueneme, Calif., attempted to mimic the graceful, deadly dance of their instructor.
Head injury may be major risk in sport fighting:

(March 24, 2006):

Blows to the head often leading to concussion may be the single most common ending to "no-holds-barred" sport fighting, according to a new study.

Defenders say no-holds-barred fighting is as legitimate as other combat sports, with one argument being that boxing is more likely to cause serious head trauma.

But the new study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, suggests that mixed martial arts actually poses a greater risk of concussion.

SOURCE: British Journal of Sports Medicine, February 2006.

Everyone Has A Story: Born To Fight:

(March 24, 2006):

This week the dart landed in Judsonia. There we met a 9-year-old girl who some thought would never survive, but in reality, she was born to fight.
She may be little but she's loud and Mariah Brawley feels right at home on the mat.
Mariah's friends introduced her to Taekwondo. Eventually they stopped coming but you just can't stop Mariah.
She says, "It makes me feel like I want to run, or like kick and punch somebody defending myself."
Mariah is legally blind. Her mom, Cindy, says her daughter is an inspiration.

Angelina Jolie shows Maddox her judo moves!:

(March 23, 2006):

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie not only decided to enrol her four-year old son Maddox for judo lessons recently, but also showed him some of her moves to help him understand the French instructor's lessons better.

According to a source, Jolie enrolled Maddox to learn some judo lessons near her apartment in France after she decided that being cooped up at home all day long was not good for her tiny tot.

"Angelina decided that being cooped up wasn't good for Maddox. So she signed him up for judo classes near her apartment in Paris," the Mirror quoted a source, as saying.

Woman accused of killing martial arts instructor refuses to talk during depos:

(March 23, 2006):

Columbus - A former Zanesville resident who has been accused in civil court of killing a Zanesville and Coshocton martial arts instructor refused to answer questions during a four-hour deposition in federal court on Wednesday.

Stacey L. Coffey is being sued along with a "John Doe" for the death of D. M. Ford, 43, who was killed on July 11, 2001. Coffey lived in Zanesville at the time of Ford's death and had her home searched days after Ford's body was discovered, but no criminal charges were ever filed against her.

Even though she refused to answer any questions during her deposition, a private investigator hired by the Ford family said "it was a good day" for the family of D.M.

W&M club packs a punch:

(March 22, 2006):

What David Prestosa learns in medical school next fall may serve him better than he could ever imagine.
Prestosa, who will graduate from the College of William & Mary in May, has a passion for a new hobby that might require a doctor's services — he likes to fight.
His goal is to compete in King of the Ring XVII, an Ultimate Fighting Championship event scheduled for Hampton in May.
"It's something I want to do before I get too old," Prestosa said in an interview. "It will be something that I can tell my kids about."
Where Have All the Ninja Gone?:

(March 22, 2006):

A look into the Rise and Fall of the Ninja in American pop-culture
Cheap fuel-efficient cars, VCRs, and stereos weren't the only Japanese exports that flooded into America during the 70s and 80s. The plucky indigenous ninja cleverly smuggled themselves over the sea to dazzle American audiences with their seemingly magical martial arts abilities.
They were soon to find fertile ground in American pop-culture and almost immediately a Ninja Boom was born.
There was a time when ninja were as abundant as the stars in the skies. They were everywhere in America. They were in movies, on TV programs, in comic books, in newspaper personals, on street corners.
Franklin hopes to combat violence:

(March 22, 2006):

Cincinnati native and Ultimate Fighting Championship middle weight champion of the world Rich Franklin hopes to have some influence when it comes to stopping violence among Cincinnati-area youth.

Franklin and his business partner, Jeff Adler, have formed the Keep it in the Ring foundation, which has planned martial arts, racing, football and baseball youth programs for this summer in Mason, Silverton, Milford and Colerain.

Former Ultimate Fighting Champion Trains Police Officers:

(March 21, 2006):

North Miami Beach, Fla. -- A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu expert is training for the fight of his life in South Florida, while also teaching local law enforcement officers how not to use their guns.
At 6 feet 1 inch tall and 180 pounds, Royce Gracie might not look it, but he is one of the most feared fighters in the world. Eleven years ago, Gracie dominated the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Now, Gracie, who is almost 40, is getting back inside the cage that made him famous.
Girl Wrestler Beats Up The Boys:

(March 20, 2006):

On her prom night, Leilani Akiyama didn't look like a girl who gets in a lot of fights at school, as her date pinned a corsage on her red dress.
That's until you see on the wrestling mat.
"If they're pushing into you, like, as hard as they can, I can probably throw 'em right there," Leilani said.
That's exactly Leilani she did 14 seconds into a recent match against a male competitor. Leilani said she used the guy's natural aggression and strength against him.
She's also a master of leverage from spending 8 years, half her life, practicing judo.
Martial arts students gain world view:

(March 20, 2006):

Fundraiser earns more than $8,000 to send overseas

Living conditions for some orphans in Mexico and India have improved thanks to a partnership between a Lawrence martial arts school and a Kansas City, Mo., volunteer organization.

Students — many of them youngsters — with ATA Blackbelt and Leadership Academy, 1540 Wakarusa Drive, have spent the past several months staging events that raised more than $8,000 for Help Art Liberate Orphans.

All the right moves:

(March 20, 2006):

Whole family gets their kicks through martial arts program

A family that fights together stays together?

Well, it seems so with the Robertson family -- they get their kicks and a very strong connection from karate. All four family members have their black belts, including 12-year-old Jake and 14-year-old Renee.

Gormley and her husband Earl Robertson, a 6th Dan black belt, both own and teach at the Academy of Yoshukan Karate, a Mississauga karate school they founded 10 years ago.

Trio charged over Gold Coast brawl:

(March 20, 2006):

Three men have been charged over a Gold Coast brawl where five men were shot and stabbed.

The violence erupted at a kickboxing tournament attended by about 1,600 people on Saturday night.

Four of the victims are members of motorcycle gangs and the other was a bystander who was shot as he hid under a table.

Bruce Lee Martial Arts Musical in the Works; David Bowie to Pen Score?:

(March 19, 2006):

A new musical based on the life of Bruce Lee--possibly featuring the songs of rock titan David Bowie--is headed for Broadway.
According to Variety, the musical would be based on the life story of the iconic martial artist and movie star, who starred in classic kung fu films such as Enter the Dragon before dying tragically young in 1973 at the age of 32.
Fighting fit cheat:

(March 18, 2006):

A benefit cheat claimed he was too sick to work - while holding martial arts classes at a gym and working as a nightclub doorman.

Gregory Hall, 35, who said he was suffering from a knee injury and depression, claimed more than £21,500 in Incapacity Benefit and Income Support over more than four-and-a-half  years.

He was even quoted boasting about his scrapes as a doorman for a book called Streetfighters: Real Fighting Men Tell Their Stories.

"Mars World Fighting GP" to be Held in Jang-Choong Stadium in Seoul:

(March 16, 2006):

Trinity Corporation is pleased to announce that it will stage the first competition embracing all martial arts in the world, dubbed "MARS WORLD FIGHTING GP", at Jang-Choong stadium in Seoul, South Korea, on April 29, 2006.

Trinity, whose Tokyo HQ is located in Tokyo, Japan, is launching "MARS" in Seoul in cooperation with the Korean partner seeking to set the stage where fighters from all martial arts - not only existing famous martial arts but also those from ancient times - compete under their own rules to decide a real king of martial art.

'Aiea family stays fit with karate moves:

(March 16, 2006):

They say that the family that plays together stays together. In the case of the Goodins, however, it could be said that the family that kicks, blocks and punches together stays together, too.

For the 'Aiea clan, karate classes are a family affair. Husband, wife and all four children practice the martial art.

High school sweethearts, Charles and Nayna Goodin met at Radford High School, when Charles was already teaching karate.

Nayna handled the business side of things and went along to collect tuition. Then, in 1997, after 20 years of marriage and four children, she took her first karate class — but only the warm-up session. She immediately noticed an improvement in how she looked and felt.

South Korean IOC Member Is Suspended:

(March 16, 2006):

Park Yong-sung of South Korea was suspended Wednesday as a member of the International Olympic Committee pending the final outcome of his corruption case.

Park, the former chairman of the Doosan Group, was convicted last month of embezzling millions in a family feud over control of South Korea's oldest conglomerate.

The IOC executive board "decided to provisionally deprive Mr. Yong Sung Park of all the rights, prerogatives and functions deriving from his IOC membership whilst the ethics commission continues its inquiry and until the judicial authorities have rendered a final judgment."

Martial arts provide an all-around workout that's hard to beat:

(March 15, 2006):

You're going to be sore tomorrow," said Master Yi. Master Yi had just given me an introductory lesson in Tae Kwon Do in Ross.
He was right.

"You're going to be sore tomorrow," Sifu David Slaughter, 43, told me the next night after I took an introductory class in kung fu in Wexford.

I used to think I knew what it meant to be physically fit. I was a Green Beret. I ran three marathons, including the Pikes Peak (up and down the mountain). I still work out four to five times a week, at what I had thought was a fairly high degree of intensity. But I've never been more whipped after a workout than I was after these two martial arts classes.

Sasebo chaplain is a student of jiu-jitsu:

(March 13, 2006):

Name: Sunny Mitchell; Age: God knows, really; Rank: Lieutenant.

Q: What led to you becoming a Navy chaplain?

A: I had a calling to be a minister but it was after the bombing of the USS Cole that I realized I wanted to be a Navy chaplain.

Q: What about you might surprise most people?

A: I love ballroom dancing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Q: How does studying a martial art fit with being a chaplain?

A: I’ve done it on and off for most of my adult life. I started fighting in the jiu-jitsu club in college after watching the first UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). While in seminary and the few chances I’ve had to train in Sasebo, I use the mat time to release the day’s frustrations.

Martial Arts Instructor Charged With Sex Abuse:

(March 13, 2006):

Authorities have arrested and charged a man who taught karate with sexual abuse of a child.
Baltimore County police arrested Jacob Davis Jr., 51, of Owings Mills, last Thursday and charged him with child sexual abuse, sex offense counts and attempted rape.
Police believe the alleged abuse took place from 1999 through 2001 at the girl's former home in Bel Air, at Davis' former apartment in Owings Mills and at the Owings Mills Tae Kwon Do Academy.
Fantastic phwoar..:

(March 13, 2006):

Jessica Alba has told how martial arts training helped her get in shape for hit movies Sin City and The Fantastic Four.

The 25-year-old loves tae-bo - a mix of self-defence, dance and boxing.

There's one drawback, however.

She told FHM: "There are about 100 people in the room and it can get a bit smelly.

This Way Up | Teaching young girls how to be powerful in pink:

(March 12, 2006):

When Liz Durning was a girl, she was skinny and shy, not at all physical and athletic. That made her a target for bullies and tough girls - and in Upper Darby in those days, the tough girls were really tough.

Then, at 8 years old, she saw a karate movie featuring female fighters that impressed her indelibly.

"They were beautiful and tough," she says. "They showed me that you could fight and still be feminine."

The same could be said of Durning today. At age 43, she is still slender but no longer shy. The once-retiring non-jock has blossomed into a confident martial artist with a third-degree black belt and a passion for teaching the self-defense skills of American Kenpo karate to girls.

Wife whacks martial arts expert:

(March 10, 2006):

Hit so hard on the head, he goes deaf in one ear
He holds a black belt in taekwando.

But whenever his wife attacked him, Mr Tay Joo Meng, 35, was meek as a lamb. For three years, the odd-job labourer was treated like a punching bag.

He was screamed at and physically assaulted in his own home.

Once, he was hit so hard on the head that he lost his hearing in one ear permanently. Still, he suffered in silence.

Weapons may not be legal to possess:

(March 10, 2006):

Throwing stars, knum-chucks, and knives are all items that can be purchased at the Rattlesnake Round-Up this weekend, but just because they are for sale, doesn't mean it is legal to possess them.

The Sweetwater Police Department is reminding parents and kids that possession of these types of items is prohibited. Chief of Police Jim Kelley said that every year during the Round-Up, there is a problem with 13, 14, and 15 year olds buying illegal weapons from vendors. “

Human resources manager is like Energizer bunny:

(March 10, 2006):

Chris Syverson screams, kicks and shoots bullets, thankfully, only when she is not working.

"I am a hunter and a second-degree black belt in karate," said Syverson, 47, City of Sparks' human resources manager. "I think people look at me and see a middle-aged woman, but I am very active."

Learn Chinese, master martial arts:

(March 10, 2006):

Kobayshi Yoshihito has discovered a little-known secret weapon to master martial arts. Rather than solely relying on physical technique, discipline and practice, he is also finding that learning the Chinese language can do wonders for a serious martial arts aficionado.

Yoshihito, 30, who hails from Kanagawa, Japan, has been studying ancient Chinese literature at Beijing Language and Culture University since last September.

Meanwhile, he has been learning Yiquan (Yi Boxing), a newly-developed boxing genre originating from traditional Chinese martial arts. For almost three months, he has been practising his moves at a training house in Xinjiekou, Xicheng District of Beijing.

Judo project jeered in house - speaker amends his step:

(March 9, 2006):

Comment: This blog article is about the State Assembly of Orissa in India.

Speaker Mahaeswar Mohanty amended his earlier stand today and assured the House that the security staff trained in Judo would not be used against Opposition members.

The pre-intermission part of the current session had ended with the Speaker saying that the security staff of the Assembly would be given Judo training to keep under control the violent members.

Grandson of Chinese kung fu master files lawsuit, says Jet Li movie dishonors ancestor:

(March 9, 2006):

BEIJING (AP) _ The grandson of a late Chinese kung fu master is waging a legal battle against the producers and distributors of a new Jet Li film, claiming the movie misrepresents and dishonors its real-life subject, the official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday.

Huo Shoujin, the grandson of deceased kung fu expert Huo Yuanjia, filed a lawsuit in the Beijing Haidian District People's Court on Tuesday demanding filmmakers issue a written public apology to the Huo family and halt the worldwide release of the film, Xinhua said.

Spotlight - Martial Artist:

(March 9, 2006):

If you’re one of the people who got into “Ultraviolet” last weekend AND you’re a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fan, then you should know that one of Milla Jovovich’s coaches was Ming Liu. In real life, Liu is a seven-time Chinese national champion in “wushu” a martial art that emphasizes speed and force.

She’s also a frequent trainer for Hollywood types who want to learn movement and fighting styles, and she has frequently worked as a stunt double (on “Charlie’s Angels,” “The Scorpion King” and “Kill Bill”) and stunt coordinator (she has a credit for “utility stunts” on “The Shaggy Dog.”

Sport expects to make inroads during 2008 Olympic debut:

(March 8, 2006):

WUSHU is expected to scale new heights when the sport makes its debut at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

There is a catch though.

The sport will be held in the Chinese capital during the same time as the Olympics but the medals be held will not be taken into consideration.

Looking Past The Odds:

(March 8, 2006):

SPRINGDALE -- At first glance Sara Parson looks like the average teenager. She goes to college, hangs out with friends, spends hours on homework and kicks some serious tail in the world of competitive Judo.
But there is more to Sara than meets the eye. Though she was born without sight, she has a clear vision of her future.
Cabby guilty of road-rage judo attack:

(March 7, 2006):

A CAB driver who used a judo move to break a binman's leg because his vehicle was blocking the road has been warned he faces jail.

John Prescott, 43, hurled a tirade of abuse at Alexei Taylor after he was forced to wait behind a dustcart in busy Marylebone High Street in central London. As tempers flared, burly Prescott, who drives a black cab, used his judo skills to wrestle Mr Taylor, 20, to the ground, causing his leg to buckle underneath him as shocked shoppers looked on.

Sword Falls Off Wall, Kills Fla. Teen:

(March 7, 2006):

Brandon, Fla. — A teenager who kept a 29-inch sword displayed on his bedroom wall has died after the weapon fell and slashed his shoulder and neck, authorities said.

Joshua Hershberger, 15, was in his bedroom with two younger siblings Monday night when a ball they were bouncing knocked the sword off the wall, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Suspect arrested in fatal street fight:

(March 7, 2006):

Police have arrested a 24-year-old San Francisco man on manslaughter charges in the death of a martial arts instructor from San Jose.

Kyle Adams, 24, is being held on one count of manslaughter and two counts of assault in the Jan. 30 attack that led to the death of Chad Ferreira, 27, of San Jose.

Martial arts mess:

(March 6, 2006):

Mishawaka, IN - Since our exclusive Contact 16 hidden camera investigation, Martial Arts Mess aired, we've received nearly 20 more complaints from Champion Martial Arts customers claiming they were charged for free lessons.

Contact 16 went undercover after three families say Champion charged them thousands of dollars for free lessons.

Not all martial arts facilities operate this way.

Karate mum saves son from bullies:

(March 6, 2006):

A middle-aged Russian mum has become a black belt in karate to protect her 22-year-old son from bullies.

Valentina Ivanova, 50, felt forced into action after years of watching shy Danila getting bullied by local gangs in Moscow.

Kashmiri youths perform martial arts exercises in the earthquake devastated city of Muzaffarabad:

(March 5, 2006):

Kashmiri youths perform martial arts exercises outside the Jalalabad refugee camp in the earthquake-devastated city of Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-administered Kashmir March 5, 2006.

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