Provided photo Master Doug Cook, owner and head instructor of the Chosun Taekwondo Academy in Warwick, was recently awarded his 7th degree black belt. He is pictured here breaking six bricks to demonstate mastery over raw power and supreme focus.
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The “hyper kid from the Bronx,” as Nelson Lebron calls himself, started boxing when he was 5. Now almost 42, he still competes, all over the world. His career stats are 180 wins, 36 losses, 6 draws. He has a black belt in seven styles of mixed martial arts, plus numerous belts in other styles.
By Randal Curtman Managing Editor EL DORADO – A half dozen pint-sized youth are tumbling down the mat during Tuesday night’s karate class at Hillsboro Church of Christ, but one young boy isn’t getting it. Flop! Feet over head, he smacks the mat with a big grin, a loud thunk and a chorus of giggles from the rest of the class.
For Kildonan Karate sensei Steve Burch, karate is more than just a martial art. “We say that karate is like a second family,” Burch said, who teaches karate to local students of all ages. “It really, truly is a family.” Burch started Kildonan Karate in 2008, offering instruction out of the Bronx Park Community Centre.