Published: Veterans are finding a new way to adjust to civilian life after their service. They’re attending jiu-jitsu classes. Shield Systems is giving veterans discounts on classes through a scholarship. Recipients of the scholarship can go to an unlimited number of classes for $1,000 a year.
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According to Mr. Leung’s organization, the International WingTsun Association, former apprentices have opened 4,000 branches in more than 65 countries, but only five in Hong Kong. Few kung fu schools remain in Yau Ma Tei, a district of Kowloon that was once the center for martial arts.
Ryan Rogers is the first person from Chattanooga to qualify for the World Karate Championships, and he’ll be the first American with autism to compete. Rogers qualified in July for the World Karate Championships by winning silver in the disabled Kata division and he’ll be one of the first athletes to compete on the para karate team.
“As the story goes, at the turn of the 20th century, a traveler named Mitsuyo Maeda was a martial artist who needed someone to help establish a Japanese colony in Brazil,” said Armando Basulto, who with his wife Christine owns Waynesville’s Basulto Academy of Defense. “It was one of the Gracie family who helped him.