Martial Arts Save Kids

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We’ve heard it a million times, practicing the Martial Arts can turn around troubled kids and make them model citizens. The mantra goes on without end, but how many stories do you have first handle knowledge of? I’m sure all you instructors have your hands up! But what about everyone else? Well here is a story that documents such an relationship.

The MacArthur Fellows Program, now in its 25th year, awards $500,000 with no strings attached to encourage people who have shown great potential in a wide variety of fields, from the sciences to the arts. That’s a lot of money! Yes but it goes with a lot of hard work and accomplishment to attain! Our focus is Dr. Sue Goldie, an associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. One of two New England winners, she uses computers to devise more effective strategies for fighting diseases. SO what does this have to do with Martial Arts training and troubled kids?! Read on…

For Goldie, an early, life-shaping experience came with her discovery of tae kwon  do at age 11. Goldie said she had a lonely, difficult childhood and was moved from one foster home to another, and tae kwon do became a foundation for her life. She recalled often being kicked out of math class for being disruptive, but then using her time in the hallway to pore through the textbook so she could earn a 100 on the next test — her way of proving something to the world.

So with the proper foundation and of course selfless encouragement perhaps one of your students or a student you know will be the next recipient of the MacArthur Fellows Program!

Source: 25 geniuses get their day in the sun

Getting Ready to Launch

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Well we are getting there. Of the 50+ requests for reviews we sent out we got about 30 responses!! Thank you to everyone for taking the time to really look over our site design and give us your honest opinions. We have begun implementing some of the suggestions we recieved and hope to have them all in place by the end of this week (7/15/05).
Some of the changes that will be most noticable include the increase in our available real estate. The removal of the side bar menu and addition of a customizations option to the sites top menu. Once all this is complete our work really begins!! With a solid design we will begin customizing the look and feel of ALL the functionality the site will offer. This will insure that the ‘branding’ is easily recognizable regardless of what you use the site for. Expect regular updates to this category so you can track our progress.

Small Club Makes the Grade

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congratulationsAs Reported Mark Whybrow and Adam Rorke walked away from the Australian Kyokushin Karate Association’s (AKKA) full contact, bare-knuckle championships with first runner-up trophies. Both were very happy with their accomplishment. As Adam Rorke’s first bare knuckle competition his performance was impressive. This was Mark Whybrow’s first competition since he won the NSW heavyweight full contact karate championship in 2000. Both are members of the Kamao Martial Arts Dojo.
Students through to finals Kamao Martial Arts hold their classes at Orange East Public School every Tuesday and Thursday from 6.30pm till 8.30pm. for more information contact Randy Tandang at 0414 933 627 or 0414 384 507.

Ready to Fight in England!!

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Mark Kingsland and Stephen Hare were selected to represent Great Britain at the Third World Weight Category Karate Championships in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday. The selection came after a series of selection sessions held in Wales and England earlier this year. Both men hold a rank of 2nd Dan, training and instructing at Bishop’s Stortford’s Kyokushin Karate Do. These men have fought in numerous competitions throughout Europe and the Middle East. This will be their first competition in Japan. KT wishes these guys all out best at the Third World Weight Category Karate Championships!

Taiwanese Grandmaster Wen Hsueh Hung Visits New Jersey, USA

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As part of an new exchange program Americans in North Hanover, NJ, USA got the opportunity to be the first people in America to see Taiwanese Grandmaster Wen Hsueh Hung and his students display their Martial Arts skills. The 80-year-old Grandmaster Hung spoke of the health benefits of the Martial Arts, something that is common knowledge in his culture. His hope is to help Americans make the Martial Arts part of their culture thereby improving their health. At the end of the demonstration six American students unsuccessfully attempted to move the 80 year old Grandmaster who stood on one foot! Certainly evidence of the health benefits of his life in the Martial Arts. Grandmaster Hung captivated the crowd with his personality, humor, youthfulness and most of all his skills.

French Award for Achievement…and Smile?!

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In Paris, France, the French, are known for many things but their smiles are not one of them! Yet despite this irony Jackie Chan was awarded an honarary medal for his films and…his smile! No one can dispute that Jackie Chan has a great smile and seems like a super person, what is strange is the French drawing attention to it! Jackie Chan was in Paris for a Film Festival that will honor his work. As reported by the Associated Press

Taekwondo Versus Karate at the IOC

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As reported today Taekwondo is fighting for its survival with the IOC (International Olympic Committee). Interestingly Taekwondo’s loss could be Karate’s gain! “The president of the World Taekwondo Federation said he has mounted a big international campaign to win supporters for the martial art, while reforming the sport to make its judging easier to understand and its action more viewer friendly.” There are several reasons that Taekwondo finds itself on the block. First is the lack of media attention it received in the 2004 Games in Athens and its low television ratings. One of the most damaging reasons is charges that the judges were not impartial. Nothing looks worse then biased judging at any competition. Giving wieght to the appearance of impropriety is the sports link to Kim Un-yong, a former top Taekwondo officials AND former IOC vice president who was recently sentenced to a two-year jail term and a fine of $760,800 after being found guilty of corruption. None of these facts bode well for Taekwondo’s continued support from the IOC. If Taekwondo doesn’t recieve at least 50 out of 115 votes they will be removed from the 2012 Olympic Games. Taekwondo is not alone in this threat of removal from the games it shares the stage with Baseball, Softball and Modern Pentathlon. If any or all of these sports are eliminated from the 2012 Olympic Games there are five sports on the official waiting list looking to take their place; golf, karate, roller sports, seven-a-side rugby and squash. One would hope if Taekwondo is removed that Karate would be added so the Martial Arts will still have representation at the Olympic Games.

Tai Chi as Medicine

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As this program in Mount Kisco, NY (USA) demonstrates the West is increasingly turning to the East for alternative medicine. This Hospital is advertising the Tai Chi classes as a complementary treatment for hypertension, diabetes, arthritis and other common ailments! Something all Martial Artists have know for centuries…activity especially activities like the Martial Arts that balance mind, body and spirit are good for you.

Circle of Iron

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This Review both slams and endorses the film Circle of Iron. This is a B movie at best. I agree with the reviewer in stating the David Carradine is the only saving grace in the movie. The original screenplay was written in part by Bruce Lee, it is believed that he hoped to make the film with his son Brandon, Bruce would have played the part David Carradine took on. Unfortunately the reviewer is right on target, this is a weak B movie at best but does have a few redeeming qualities for the Martial Arts/Eastern Philosophy enthusiasts.

The True Martial Way – London, England

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This story, titled Flying High with Karate, is really an announcement of basically free classes aimed at getting people off of the streets and into Karate class with the hopes of teaching self-respect and self-discipline to these youths. Chief instructor Sensei Dunstan Lawrence and Andy Asleben have run programs in the borough for years and see this as an opportunity to give something back. The programs is for ages 7 and up, hopefully anyone under 7 isn’t on the street! For more information call Andy on 07811 129107.