November 26, 1989 |
On a wall in Norman Constantine's room hangs a poster of Bruce Lee, that powerful character from the old martial arts movies. It seems only fitting. After all, Norm Constantine was always a pretty powerful character himself. For two years a decade ago, the handsome, 6-foot karate black belt reigned as the colorful Nittany Lion mascot at Pennsylvania State University. Off the field, his tireless array of activities instructing, coaching and bringing cheer to disabled people would make the President's schedule look leisurely.
July 27, 1994 |
Participants in the World Shoto Cup Karate Tournament kicked off the event with a Parade of Nations yesterday. The competition will be held Friday through Sunday at the Civic Center.
February 16, 1997 |
As a youngster, Jeff Boyer wanted to learn karate. But his father wouldn't allow it because he said Boyer had a bad attitude. Ironically, the karate lessons might have helped. "When I started karate as an adult, I told my dad, 'This would have calmed me down because it teaches confidence and self-respect,' " said Boyer, who has been giving private lessons in the martial art since 1985. It's a lesson that Boyer is putting to use as he teaches karate to 12 Lindenwold youths - boys and girls - every Friday night in a program sponsored by the borough's Municipal Alliance.
January 28, 1990 |
Nancy Lockhart remembers how she would roll slowly out of bed every morning and rest gingerly on her knees. The process took more than five minutes - to move any quicker would have sent waves of unbearable pain down her back. She had been diagnosed with degenerative arthritis of the spine, a condition that made even small movements a struggle. After spending an hour getting dressed and ready for the day, she would dress her son George Leotti and settle him into his wheelchair.
April 2, 1987 |
Their fists cut the air like sickles through tall grass. Their legs hit the floor with the sharp sounds of whips. They moved simultaneously and with quick precision, a line of strong, hard bodies clad in white. The Eagles' defense spent yesterday afternoon practicing karate at a studio in Clementon, where Dominick A. Giacobbe, a fifth-degree blackbelt, instructed them in martial-arts techniques designed to help them on the playing field. At the request of defensive line coach Dale Haupt, Giacobbe has been spending six hours weekly with the players since late winter, teaching them blocks and kicks designed to help their fitness and their game and explaining ways to break free of an opposing player's hold.
April 24, 1992 |
KEITH VITALI PRESENTS Self-Defense for Kids KV Productions / $14.95 This video starts off on the right foot - with a list of warnings and instructions about using karate self-defense techniques. We're shown simulations of different situations in which kids might have to use self- defense, most of them involving bullies at playgrounds and schoolyards. Then boys and girls wearing karate garb in a studio go through the moves while Vitali supervises. The techniques are then shown again in slow motion.
March 18, 1991 |
In one of the more amusing moments of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones faces a swordsman, who insists on first putting on a high-speed display of cuts, feints and lunges. Pressed for time, Indy simply shoots him. The scene comes to mind often in the presence of The Perfect Weapon. Gangsters - who are armed to the teeth with Uzis, possibly even a smart bomb or two, and all manner of perfect weapons - obligingly engage in one-sided karate duels with the flying feet of Jeff Speakman instead of simply dispatching him with a bullet.
December 6, 1990 |
Don't look now, but there's a martial arts and self-defense mecca right smack in the heart of Phoenixville. The faithful - ranging from small children to Junior Olympic karate champions to the Guardian Angels and various law enforcement agencies - are flocking to Karate-Do, a three-year-old training center run by fourth-degree black belt Robert Trotta. They're coming not just for the rigorous physical training but also, to varying degrees, for the fervor and humility the 16-year teacher brings to his work.
August 27, 1992 |
Two competitors from Bristol Shotokan, the karate school sponsored by the Bristol Borough Recreation Department, brought home gold medals from the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics earlier this month in Rochester, Minn. Jennifer Bosco, 17, won the gold medal in both Kata and Kumite for her age division, and Justin Nepo, 18, won a gold medal in Kata and a silver in Kumite in the Aug. 6-8 tournament. It was Bosco's second trip to the tournament, but her first gold medals.
January 6, 1986 |
Abington senior Sang Kim is not only an accomplished wrestler, but he is also just one step removed from earning his black belt in karate. With credentials like those, you'd have to make him an odds-on favorite in a street fight on the south side of Chicago. However, Kim's demeanor is not exactly that of a tough guy. In fact, away from the combat zone, he's more like Clark Kent than Superman. "He is a man of few words," said first-year Abington coach Jeff Franco.