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By Lourdes Sullivan and Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 23, 2001
KEVIN MCMURTRY, 35, a local karate instructor, returned from Sydney, Australia, last year with a gold medal, a bronze medal and a broken toe. The souvenirs were related. More than 45 styles of martial arts exist, said Kevin's father, John. They range from the more familiar karate, popularized by actors like Chuck Norris, to Brazilian feet-only modes of fighting, said John McMurtry, who became interested in martial arts in the 1960s. Tae kwon do was the first martial art to be included in last year's Olympics as a formal event.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,Staff writer | October 21, 1990
Former Western Maryland College football standout Joe Brockmeyer began setting football records at age 11 with the George Fox Little Buccaneers in Anne Arundel County in 1962.By the time he finished his college career at Western Maryland in 1973, Brockmeyer established three school rushing records that have stood up pretty well over the years."Records were more of a personal goal to better yourself. It gave me a competitive edge, but winning games was always more important," Brockmeyer said.
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By ROGER SIMON | August 1, 1993
The North American Free-Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a complex but vital . . .zzzzzzzzz.Whoops. Sorry. Dozed off.Actually, I don't know anything about NAFTA.I think it may have something to do with Canadians and Mexicans coming here to live in our houses, but I'm not going to worry about it until it actually happens.So instead of learning all about NAFTA today -- let's go to a movie!The first trick in going to a movie during working hours is getting out of the office.You can't just say to your boss: "Hey, I'm going to a movie!"
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December 12, 2002
Agnes E. Karat, a retired American Institute of Banking administrator and former Hamilton resident, died Saturday of a heart attack at her home in Oxford, Pa. She was 80. Born Agnes E. Kushnerick in Jeddo, Pa., she was a graduate of Hazleton High School in Pennsylvania. She was also a graduate of McCann Business College in Hazelton. In 1948, she married Alexander J. Karat, a salesman, who died in 1978. Mrs. Karat was an administrator for 30 years for the American Institute of Banking in Baltimore, until her retirement in 1995.
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By Tom Dunkel and Tom Dunkel,Sun Staff | August 24, 2003
It looks like a piece of minimalist art, but those are samples of the seven, ascending achievement belts (white, yellow, orange, green, purple, brown, and black) hanging on one wall of Shotokan Karate Club of Maryland. It takes on average 3 1/2 years to progress from white to first-level black belt. Only about one in 300 students gets that far, according to Farid Amin, who regularly teaches at the club. Karate is a demanding pastime. Those who stick with it say the key is to not become too color- conscious.
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer | July 8, 1993
The guys thought they were pretty good fighters. But when they came up against Carlos Bedoya, instructor for the Westminster Karate Academy, they had met their match. Amid screaming cheers and laughter, Mr. Bedoya demonstrated his craft yesterday to about 100 Carroll County 4-H campers by "fighting" with volunteers from the audience. Each punch and kick was delivered just inches from his targets, causing them all to duck and flinch. "Just do what I did -- run!" advised one of the boys as his comrade warily eyed the 28-year-old karate master.
SPORTS
By From staff reports | August 15, 1991
Top karate experts from across the United States, plus teams from 15 countries, will compete in the 1991 World Karate Association Championships, tomorrow and Saturday, Aug. 16-17, at the Ocean City Convention Center.All net proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes, and sponsors include The Beachcomber Times Press, the Maryland Office of Sports Promotion, the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, Pepsi, United Cable and WQHQ. For more information, call 301-749-7545 or 1-800-654-5440.* Universal Independent Wrestling returns to the Steeltown Entertainment Complex at 2401 North Point Blvd.
NEWS
March 22, 2000
Student achiever: Caroline Kim, 10 School: Clarksville Elementary School Special achievement: Placed second in the Maryland State Music Teachers Association piano competition. She competed against 14 other students, all playing Haydn Concertino and Komponiert 1760. Caroline, who is a fan of difficult pieces, said Haydn's was one of the most challenging she's ever played. What she says about the achievement: "At first, I didn't think I was going to win because it's one of my worst parts."
FEATURES
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | September 12, 1994
Amid its familiar banalities and formula twists, "The Next Karate Kid" comes up with one new idea for dealing with difficult American teen-agers: ship 'em off to a Buddhist monastery for two weeks!When Mr. Miyagi does this to Julie (Hilary Swank) in the film, it works the kind of wonders in attitude-adjustment most parents would pay a fortune for. When she gets home, she even picks up her room!The film has one other nice touch: It begins with a ceremony honoring the Japanese-Americans who fought so valiantly in the European theater in World War II while their parents and younger siblings languished in internment camps, a story that shouldn't be forgotten.
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By Monica Norton and Monica Norton,Staff writer | April 30, 1992
The sock-covered feet of 14 budding karate black belts slide across the tiled floor of the Robinwood Community Center."Quiet," yells an instructor, sounding closer to a Marine drill sergeant than the 15-year-old Annapolis High student that he is.Twice a week for the past year -- an hour on Tuesday and Thursdayevenings -- this is how class has begun for the karate students, ranging in age from 6 to 16.Nearly all of the eight boys and six girls live in...
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