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By Roch Eric Kubatko and Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff writer | August 16, 1991
Apolo Ladra compares acquiring a black belt in the martial arts to graduating from college.This philosophy could make his prized pupil, Michael Reid, the class valedictorian.Reid, 15, of Severna Park has accumulated nearly 200 trophies since his first competition three years ago.A second-degree black belt in tae kwon do, he's ranked No. 2 nationally in the 15-17 divisionand aspires one day to qualify for the Olympic team.And to thinkhe didn't even like the sport at first sampling, when two visits to the Severna Park YMCA at age 6 left him bored.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer | February 9, 1995
A Brooklyn Park man sued a Harundale karate school yesterday for $1 million, charging that a kick from his instructor broke his nose, jaw and cheekbone and forced him to miss a month of work.Joseph Gill Gadow, 32, of the 4900 block of Brookwood Road alleges that Brian Soe, an instructor at Kim's Karate in Harundale Mall "maliciously" kicked him in the face in 1994, causing the injuries.Mr. Gadow, a first-degree black belt, agreed on July 7, 1994, to spar with Mr. Soe, who is a third-degree black belt.
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By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,Staff Writer | July 14, 1993
Like many other girls her age, Nichole Colley of Glen Burnie gracefully danced ballet, tap and jazz for almost eight years.But unlike other girls, she gave it all up two years ago, to "be like dad" and take up tae kwon do."I wanted to try it because my dad used to fight," said Nichole, 12, a student at Lion Choi's Tae Kwon Do School in Glen Burnie who recently placed second at the Junior National Olympics."Ballet and all that other stuff just started getting in the way so I dropped it," she added.
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By Ken Murray, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2010
Each week, we bring you a Q&A with a Ravens player to help you get to know him better. Today's guest is safety Haruki Nakamura, 24, a third-year veteran who grew up in a family of judo champions and played football to forge his own identity in the family. Question: How far back does you family's judo tradition run? Answer: It started with my father [Ryozo]. He was actually being shuffled around the world to teach judo. He came from Japan to the United States in the '60s and ended up being one of the top referees in judo.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer | February 9, 1995
A Brooklyn Park man sued a Harundale karate school yesterday for $1 million, charging that a kick from his instructor broke his nose, jaw and cheekbone and forced him to miss a month of work.Joseph Gill Gadow, 32, of the 4900 block of Brookwood Road alleges that Brian Soe, an instructor at Kim's Karate in Harundale Mall "maliciously" kicked him in the face in 1994, causing the injuries.Mr. Gadow, a first-degree black belt, agreed on July 7, 1994, to spar with Mr. Soe, who is a third-degree black belt.
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By Mary Corey | March 10, 1991
Thelma Banks Cox, HistorianWhen Thelma Banks Cox retired from the Baltimore City school system eight years ago, she could have basked in her accomplishments: ascending from teacher to assistant superintendent, serving on the State Board of Higher Education, being the first black president of the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland.Instead, she decided to pursue a lifelong interest -- local black history.Two years ago, Dr. Cox formed the African-American Heritage Society and, with the help of 105 members, has created self-guided tours of black landmarks in Baltimore, researched the 36 city schools named for famous blacks and chronicled these findings in two pamphlets.
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By Shanon D. Murray | October 9, 1995
Students from an Ellicott City karate school encountered the biggest barrier imaginable -- fighting an undefeated team on their own turf -- while competing in their first tournament.The local students lost the match against the Okinawa champions by only two points, but won fifth place in the world tournament in Japan in August.For instructor Jim Lilley, the contest was a chance to renew his ties with the island expert who taught him traditional Japanese karate more than three decades ago, Takeshi Miyagi.
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By Debra Taylor Young and Debra Taylor Young,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 16, 2001
PETER HILTZ, headmaster of Ake No Myojo Budo Inc., Morning Star Martial Arts in Eldersburg, has won two awards in a major karate competition. He won third place in forms competition and fourth place in the Senior Blackbelt weapons division at the 15th annual International Shorinjiryu Shinzen karate tournament in New York City this month. Hiltz is a fourth-degree black belt and chief instructor at Morning Star and conducts classes for Sykesville Parks and Recreation. The Shorinjiryu Shinzen tournament included more than 200 practitioners from the United States, Canada, India and other Shorinjiryu schools.
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By Dan Fesperman and Dan Fesperman,SUN STAFF | June 13, 2001
At John Anderson's judo club, the first thing you'd better do is bow to your opponent. Show him some respect. Then throw him to the floor. If all goes well, and you end up, say, propping a knee on his chest, or holding his arm in a position where he must either surrender or break a bone, then stand and bow again - no hard feelings here at the dojo - and later you'll head home refreshed, relaxed and ready to approach life with your head screwed on...
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By Erika Hobbs and Erika Hobbs,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 28, 2003
Ponytailed Youngshin Jennifer Chang packs a back kick that would make Charlie's Angels slink away in shame. It's a kick that helped Chang snag the gold in the 2003 Junior Pan American Tae Kwon Do Games last month - a sweet ending to the Edgewood High School senior's junior competition career. It's her signature kick - a spin and backward kick to a challenger's face - that might land her a spot on the 2008 United States Olympic tae kwon do team. Chang, 17, is being scouted to train on the national team that feeds into the Olympics.
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