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November 26, 1989 | By Paula Fuchsberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 27, 1994 | Inquirer photographs by Michael Mally
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.
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February 16, 1997 | By Patricia Smith, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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January 28, 1990 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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April 2, 1987 | By Nancy Phillips, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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April 24, 1992 | by Evan Levine, Special to the Daily News
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.
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March 18, 1991 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
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.
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December 6, 1990 | By Ed Finkel, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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August 27, 1992 | By Beth Onufrak, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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January 6, 1986 | By Matt Schuman, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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September 19, 2016 | By Dan Geringer, Staff Writer
Dennis Nackord, a six-foot, 205-pound, ninth-degree black belt who has practiced martial arts for 50 of his 70 years, exudes devastating power even when he's standing still. Teaching an advanced class of 21 black belts at his Nackord Karate System school in a Wayne shopping center, he stared solemnly at his sparring partner, not moving a muscle, preparing to demonstrate the oneness of defense and attack. As his partner attempted to punch him, Nackord said, "This is an inward block," suddenly bringing an arm up vertically in front of his face to ward off the blow.
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June 23, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
JUST AS Mr. Miyagi teaches Daniel-san the art of trimming the bonsai - careful and deliberate, shaping it to its perfect form - so have gone the lives of the actors who played those iconic characters on the big screen 30 years ago. Ralph Macchio, a/k/a "The Karate Kid," and co-star Martin Kove were among the celebrities who appeared at Wizard World's Philadelphia Comic Con, which has taken over the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Day two of festivities featured a top-drawer collection of well-known comics, artists, writers and celebrities.
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June 17, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
AT A Q&A SESSION recently for the movie "The Karate Kid," a pregnant woman stood up, looked at star Ralph Macchio and said, "This could have been yours," referring to her swelling baby bump while her disgruntled husband stood by her side. That's not even the weirdest thing that's happened to Macchio during one of these fan-engagement sessions. Sometimes he has to reassure fans that members of the rival Cobra Kai dojo in "The Karate Kid" were not the "jackasses" portrayed on screen.
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July 18, 2013 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Julia Burke didn't wear her leg braces to class, so her teacher told her to hit the floor for a few punishment push-ups. "Are you kidding me?" said Burke, 17, a student at Bishop McDevitt High School in Wyncote. Teacher Kenn Perry offered no jokes from his wheelchair, and Burke, who has cerebral palsy, gave him four. In the self-defense class that Perry teaches with fellow black belt Christopher Genell, tough talk comes with high expectations. Students get no easy outs because they have disabilities.
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July 3, 2013
Actor Jim Kelly, 67, who played a glib American martial artist in Enter the Dragon , with Bruce Lee, died of cancer Saturday at his home in San Diego, his ex-wife Marilyn Dishman said. Sporting an Afro hairstyle and sideburns, Mr. Kelly made a splash with his one-liners and fight scenes in the 1973 martial-arts classic. His later films included Three the Hard Way, Black Belt Jones , and Black Samurai. During a 2010 interview with Salon.com, Mr. Kelly said he started studying martial arts in 1964 in Kentucky and later moved to California where he earned a black belt in karate.
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September 11, 2012 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph Henry Lewis, 68, of Wayne, a karate grand master and kickboxing champion who developed a martial-arts training system, died Friday, Aug. 31, of a brain tumor at Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Mr. Lewis, a 10th-degree black belt, was U.S. karate champion from 1966 to 1969. In 1971, he retired as undefeated U.S. heavyweight kickboxing champion. He was featured in both the Ring, a boxing magazine, and Sports Illustrated. In 1975, Mr. Lewis was inducted into the Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame.
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March 31, 2011
A story Wednesday about a New Jersey Board of Public Utilities vote that aided three power-plant developers with construction plans in North Jersey misidentified Len Daws, deputy mayor of West Deptford Township. A story Saturday about the sentencing of retired Philadelphia Police Officer Tyrone Wiggins for sexually assaulting a former karate student who was a minor gave an incorrect date for when the victim filed charges. She filed the complaint in 2006, before she became a city police officer.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2011 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Columnist
Ralph Macchio, Lord of the Dance. Bet you didn't see that one coming. I always get a little disoriented when a kid from TV's misty past (Macchio was on Eight Is Enough ) pops up as an adult. Scott Baio, Rick Schroder, Butch Patrick, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Cassidy, Mindy Cohn - they all give me a slight case of the whirlies when I see the ravages of time etched on their faces. (I've built up an immunity to Neil Patrick Harris.) But who would have thought Macchio would foxtrot to the top of the leaderboard on the season debut of Dancing With the Stars ?
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