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gional champion and a junior national champion and represented his country in Africa's Continental Championship. Since arriving in Texas, he's won two consecutive Texas Collegiate Conference titles.

"He's really assumed a leadership role on the team," said Bob Perez, head coach of the Texas A&M judo team.

The A&M team has consistently placed in the top three in the nation in collegiate judo and is usually in the running for the national title. It now joins a handful of universities nationally that offers a judo scholarship.

"We're hoping the scholarship will help us attract people who are not only great judo athletes, but are great students who will be involved in a number of extracurricular activities," Perez said. "We want to increase the endowment so we can offer larger scholarships to more people in the future."

For more information, call (979) 218-4582 or send e-mail to [email protected]

12-Year-Old Kicks for Guinness Record

ANN ARBOR, MI—Late in 2005, martial arts schools across the United States celebrated the fourth annual National Martial Arts Day with special seminars, demonstrations and fundraisers. Family Martial Arts, based here, had one special event, however, that no other school could claim: One of its students set a new Guinness World Record.

Michael Hoffman, 12, a second-degree black belt in taekwondo, registered with Guinness World Records in London for an official attempt to set a record for the most full-contact martial arts kicks completed in one hour. Starting at 4:45 p.m., the boy fired off round kick after round kick, hammering each solidly against a Century body shield. His attempt ended at 5:45 p.m. with a total of 2,377 kicks completed according to the guidelines.

Guinness set the following stipulations: Michael could use only one kind of kick for the duration of the attempt. He could use either leg, but each kick had to start and end on the floor—no "double" kicks were permitted. The holder of the target had to be at least 5 feet 9 inches tall, with the target centered on the holder's stomach. In addition, two martial arts experts and at least one representative from the media had to be present.

Michael decided to try for the kicking record after reading about a 14-year-old Virginia girl who attempted 2,180 kicks. When Family Martial Arts chief instructor Ana Hotaling contacted Guinness, however, she was told that the organization had no record of the teenager's attempt, clearing the way for Michael's effort.

Michael's total of 2,377 kicks will remain an unofficial record until it's approved by Guinness. Acceptance is expected once officials have reviewed the videotape, photographs, newspaper clippings and witness statements.

Champions Prevail at K-1 World Max 2006

by Monty DiPietro

TOKYO—The four K-1 World Max Champions—Andy Souwer, Albert Kraus, Buakaw Por Pramuk and Ma-sato—all emerged victorious at the K-1 World Max 2006 Final Elimination, held here April 5, 2006. The seven-bout card featured elite World Max fighters in a one-match elimination tournament. The winners will advance to the World Max Final, scheduled for June 30, 2006.

Shooto boxer Souwer of Holland used his speed, skill and smarts to win the 2005 World Max Final. This year, the defending champion emerged victorious in an evenly matched battle against Tsogto Amara, a Mongolian karate fighter making his K-1 World Max debut.

Armenian-born fighter Drago beat Philippine-born, Danish-raised Ole Laursen, employing superior pressure and a solid finish to win a unanimous decision.

Power-puncher Mike Zambidis met

Yoshihiro Sato in the next bout. Not surprisingly, Sato peppered the 7-inch-taller Zambidis with low kicks, leaving the Greek fighter's upper legs black and blue. Zambidis just couldn't get a down despite his plucky punching, and Sato used kicks to rack up enough points for a unanimous decision.

Next, Takayuki Kohiruimakl bested South Korea's Chi Bin Lim with aggressive low and front kicks. Lim, however, threw a right straight counterpunch in the first round that snapped Kohiruimaki's head back. Lim was better with his fists and more aggressive in the second round, but Ko-hiruimaki rallied to score three downs and earn the KO win.

Kraus of Holland, the first-ever World Max champion, faced Turkey's Ali Gunyar for three rounds of escalating battle. Although Gunyar kept the exchange spirited, the judges awarded the unanimous decision to Kraus.

Buakaw, the 2004 World Max champion and last year's runner-up, took on Virgil Kalakoda of South Africa. This boxer-versus-kicker contest followed a pattern: Kalakoda threw punches, and Buakaw answered with kicks. The pair ended up in a clinch on the ropes many times despite repeated stop-and-starts, prompting the judges to call for a tiebreaker. As the fight continued, Buakaw connected with a straight left while expertly evading Kalakoda's fists. Ultimately, Buakaw was awarded a split decision.

In the main event, 2003 World Max champion Masato encountered Remigijus Morkevicius, who'd gone unbeaten in three K-1 contests. The hard-hitting Lithuanian came in like a loaded gun and nearly overwhelmed Masato before the first-minute mark. However, the Japanese champion got back in the game with a hard right and an uppercut. Morkevicius relentlessly rained down attacks despite the aggressive response, so Masato shelved any plans of outpointing his opponent and opted for all-out war.

After a sloppy center-ring exchange, Masato got his opponent against the ropes and unleashed a flurry of punches. He eventually pen etrated Morkevicius' defenses with a knee. Subsequent uppercuts and a left hook caused the Lithuanian to turn away and double over, prompting Morkevicius' corner to throw in the towel. Masato had the KO win, but the crowd's ovation was extended to both combatants for a magnificent display of warrior spirit.

In the undercard bouts, K-1 firsttimer Nick Gonzalez met Tatsuji, runner-up at the Japan Max in February 2006. It was a hard-fought match and both boxers were focused, but Tatsuji was awarded a unanimous decision for showing better stamina and more aggression. In other action, Toshiyuki Kinami of Japan beat Soren King of Australia, also by unanimous decision.

Doc-Fai Wong Restoring Choy Li Fut Founder's Home

XINHUI, CHINA—During a March 2006 visit to China, Doc-Fai Wong and choy li fut kung fu "keeper" Chan Sun Chiu discussed a plan to rebuild the house in which Chan Heung, Chan Sun Chiu's great-grandfather and the founder of choy li fut, resided. When they concluded that extensive funding would be required, Wong offered to help. Less than four weeks later, the Black Belt Hall of Fame member, who runs the San Francisco-based Plum Blossom International Federation, had raised the money. Wong returned here April 5, 2006 and presented $10,000 to Chan and his wife.

On June 3, 2006, Wong brought several members of his staff back to the hometown of choy li fut to help Chan purchase cabinets, furniture and decorations for the project. A portion of their labors involved setting up road signs that will direct visitors to the house during an August 3 celebration that will commemorate Chan Heung's bicentennial birthday and mark the grand opening of the renovated structure.

Tiger Claw Sponsors Paralympics Judo Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO—The United States Association of Blind Athletes recently announced that Tiger Claw is the official sponsor of the U.S. Para-lympics Judo National Team through the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. Through the sponsorship, Tiger Claw will provide support to the U.S. team and, through the Tiger Claw Foundation, assist the USABA in its fundrais-ing efforts.

"It has been exciting to follow the phenomenal success of these multimedal-winning athletes over the past several years," said Thomas Oh, president and CEO of Tiger Claw. "It is an honor for us to be able to work directly with the USABA to help these martial artists achieve their goals and dreams."

"[We're] excited to welcome Tiger Claw as the official sponsor," said Kevin Szott, president of the USABA board of directors and a Paralympic medalist in 2000 and 2004. "Tiger Claw has been the market leader in the martial arts sector, and we are fortunate to have them as a partner."

The USABA is a nonprofit organization that provides training for blind and visually impaired athletes in 11 sports, including judo.

For the past 20 years, Tiger Claw has manufactured and distributed martial arts supplies. The company, whose product line includes protective gear, uniforms, swords and related equipment, operates facilities in Fremont, California, and Knoxville, Tennessee. For more information, visit http://tigerclaw.com or http://www. usaba.org.

Martial Artists Raise $40,000 for Housing

GREENSBORO, AL—Eighty-five team members of the Ultimate Black Belt Test rallied their students and other contributors to raise more than $40,000 for five building and remodeling projects in rural Alabama. The projects were chosen and coordinated by Tom Callos of the UBBT and activist Pam Dorr of the Hero Housing Resource Center. Two were Habitat for Humanity homes, including an experimental energy-efficient dwelling designed to replace houses destroyed by hurricanes along the Gulf Coast.

Another was designed by students of the renowned Auburn University Rural Studio, co-founded by the late Samuel "Sambo" Mockbee. The money raised by the UBBT represents the largest private donation to the Hero Housing Resource Center in its history.

The Rural Studio's students taught UBBT members how to make large mud bricks using shredded newspapers, dirt and cement. A dozen black belts fabricated more than 600 bricks in cardboard boxes in two days for a project called the "Durt House." The team added its own special ingredient to the bricks by shredding "acts of kindness" journals donated by children from martial arts schools around the country. The journals contained descriptions of more than 10,000 recorded acts of kindness.

What do architecture and home building have to do with the martial arts? Callos explained: "I brought my teams to Alabama to build homes with the Rural Studio as a tribute to Samuel Mockbee. Mockbee was, in his own way, the kind of 'martial arts master' I want to be—and one the black belts in the UBBT should emulate. He used his knowledge to inspire people to think about the world, not just about designing homes. He transcended his art to teach his students something far more important than what can be drawn on a set of plans or constructed on a vacant lot. I think this is a lesson for all martial arts teachers, as our real value as educators and human beings resides outside of any kick, punch, throw or act of physical self-defense. The best lessons come in what we do for others."

Callos, his team and numerous guests and volunteers flew to Alabama from as far away as the United Kingdom. Sharon Hutchinson of Dublin, Ireland, had no connection to the UBBT and had never met Callos, but she volunteered to help with the project after reading about it on the UBBT's Web site. The trip was her first to the United States.

"I had been reading the journal entries from UBBT members, and I wanted to contribute to their test,"

she said. "I believe that the martial arts are supposed to be about building a better and more peaceful world, so I jumped at the chance to offer my support. It all turned out 1,000 times better than I imagined, and now I'm looking to do something similar in Ireland."

Two Academy Award-winning documentary filmmakers participated in the project. Nancy Walzog, a member of the UBBT's second and third teams, and volunteer Susan Hannah Hadary worked on building projects and shot footage of the event. Walzog and Callos are collaborating on a documentary about the UBBT.

"Working in Alabama is a great team-building event," Walzog said. "It's also of great benefit to the Greensboro community. To work in the area where Samuel Mockbee created his magic makes it that much better. Seeing Pam Dorr carry on the spirit of Mockbee's work is like watching Jackie Chan fight: It's artistry at its highest level."

Walzog collected more than $10,000 in donations for the project from her classmates at Tiger Schul-man's Karate in Middletown, New Jersey.

For more information, visit http:// www.ultimateblackbelttest.com. To contact Callos, call (530) 903-0286.

Kang KOs Rua, Filho Dominates at PRIDE Tourney by Edward Pollard

SAITAMA, JAPAN—On June 4, 2006, Dreamstage Entertainment kicked off PRIDE Bushido: Survival, its 16-man welterweight tournament, at the Saitama Super Arena despite dark clouds surrounding the organization after Fuji TV decided to cancel its broadcast agreement.

Denis Kang stunned Murilo Rua with a devastating overhand right, then followed with a cracking left, felling the young Brazilian after only 15

Mitsuhiro Ishida negates the attacks of Marcus Aurelio while holding him in his guard in PRIDE Bushido: Survival.

seconds—less time than Kang spent in the ring afterward celebrating his victory.

Amar Suloev surprised middleweight stalwart Murilo Bustamante by winning a unanimous decision after two hard-fought rounds. Suloev thwarted Bustamante's attacks and takedown attempts with strong punch-and-kick counters. Tenacious and spry, the Armenian-born fighter put the Brazilian on his butt for the match's only knockdown, an advantage that likely won him the unanimous decision.

Paulo Filho exploded on Gregory Bouchelaghem, taking him down and achieving side control with little trouble. He then advanced to full mount, although Bouchelaghem escaped handily. His freedom did not last, as Filho tracked him down and put him in the corner with a sweep, after which he started pounding relentlessly. Still, it's to Bouchelaghem's credit that he lasted until the unanimous decision.

Kazuo Misaki and Phil Baroni put on a display of evenly balanced talents and gradually wore each other down until neither could muster the energy to finish his opponent. Although it was a disappointing clash, Misaki managed to impress the judges enough to snag a unanimous decision.

Marcus Aurelio should have been able to bask in his recent victory over former lightweight champion Takanorl Gomi, but instead he had to contend with a pumped-up and motivated Mitsuhiro Ishida. Barely getting the space or openings he needed to work his ground game, Aurelio found himself defending against Ishida's steady attack in his guard. There was no serious damage, but Aurelio was outgunned and never did better than an early knockdown in the first round. Ishida won by unanimous decision.

Hayato Sakurai knocked out Olaf Alfonso with a direct overhand right after only one minute 54 seconds. Alfonso's early attack and unorthodox style abandoned him when he walked into Sakurai's fist—and it proved to be a real crowd pleaser.

After a hard-fought back-and-forth battle that could have gone either way, Ryo Chonan earned a workmanlike split decision over Joey Villasenor. It was quite possibly the best fight on the evening's card for sheer warrior's dedication. Villasenor showed better ability on his feet, but Chonan's time spent training in the United States with Team Quest and tacking on a few pounds of insulating muscle seemed to do him good.

Tatsuya Kawajiri made short work of Charles Bennett with a relatively

Mitsuhiro Ishida negates the attacks of Marcus Aurelio while holding him in his guard in PRIDE Bushido: Survival.

Rare Pics Hector Lombard

rare kneebar. Bennett had made pre-fight comments that disparaged the ground game as not entertaining, but Kawajiri took him down and singled out a leg for the technique that ended the action at two minutes 30 seconds.

Makoto Takimoto scored an early takedown against Gegard Mousasi, but Mousasi escaped and began a vicious punching assault that ended with a doctor stoppage at five minutes 34 seconds. The cause was a swollen right eye.

Akihiro Gono had to contend with Hector Lombard's freight train attack from the opening bell. Lombard crowded Gono into a corner and whaled away until Gono rolled out as his opponent attempted a leg lock. This pattern of Lombard saving up his energy and then blowing it all on a total attack continued through the second round, with Lombard predictably less and less capable of mustering the same force. For avoiding Lombard's sorties while working for submissions, Gono earned the unanimous decision.

In other action, Jason Black defeated Eoh Won Jin by corner stoppage at four minutes 25 seconds.

Arizona Police Department Seeks Martial Artists

TEMPE, AZ—With several motivated, goal-oriented martial artists already on board, the Tempe Police Department knows a good thing when it sees one. That's why it's decided to seek out additional martial artists interested in a career in law enforcement. The benefits package includes a starting salary of $47,488, tuition reimbursement and a four-day work week. For more information, visit http://www. tempe.gov/police.

Combat Sports International Sponsors The Ultimate Fighter

LENEXA, KS—It was a match made in the octagon. Combat Sports International, manufacturers of equipment for the grappling, striking and traditional arts, linked up with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the United

States' premier mixed-martial arts sports association, to bring together the best fighters in the world and the best gear.

The long-standing partnership between the two companies continues into the third season of Spike TV's breakout hit, The Ultimate Fighter. Through all the twists and turns of the series, the Combat Sports International label will be seen in the middle of the action. The company provides grappling gloves, shin/instep guards and bag gloves for the athletes.

For more information, visit http:// www.combatsports.com.

Martial Artist to Perform Push-Ups for Charity

MINDEN, NV—Dave McNeill, head of Goju-Shorei Systems and a cancer survivor, has launched a charitable Web site called keeponpushin.org. Through it, he'll raise funds by executing sponsored push-ups during the first four days of each July. This year, the target is 2006 push-ups.

"Last year, I did 2005 push-ups over three days, so this year will seem like a breeze," McNeill said.

The original premise was for the Web site to raise money for the American Cancer Society, but then the reach was expanded. "Why stop with just one charity?" McNeill asked. "We set up the site so that funds can be raised for any cause. One hundred percent of the money raised goes to the designated charity. The Web site has downloadable forms and flyers to make sponsorship recruitment and push-up tracking [for volunteers] as easy as possible.

This approach to fundraising comes naturally to martial artists because push-ups are a normal part of dojo warm-up routines, McNeill said. Plus, it's a win-win proposition: Training for the event whips participants into shape, and the money they raise goes to worthy causes.

"This is a great opportunity for martial arts schools to show their community what we're all about," he said. "It's not just kicking, punching and fierce faces. It's about setting and achieving goals, it's about service and it's about caring."

For more information, call (775) 267-2506 or visit http://www. keeponpushin.org.

Kovars Changes Name to Satori Academy

SACRAMENTO, CA—To better reflect its mission to empower students to be the best they can be physically and mentally, Kovars Martial Arts Inc. officially announced that it has changed its name to Satori Academy of Martial Arts.

"After 28 years, the name change is one of the most significant moments in the life of our company," said Dave Kovar, the accomplished martial artist who founded it. "While the Kovar name was well-known in Central California as a leader in life-skills development through the use of martial arts training, we felt that our national brand was better represented by Satori. We define Satori as 'in the moment ... at your best.'

"While we do train our students in traditional self-defense, we focus on developing mental and physical life skills, which help students achieve their full potential in all areas of their lives. We believe that strong minds and strong bodies create strong futures. The confidence that you can not only defend yourself but [also] achieve goals beyond those you may have set for yourself is at the core of our program."

The new Satori Academy builds on the base established by Kovars: an industry-leadership role effected through a nationally recognized training program. The company has more than 4,000 students at its 18 facilities spread throughout the Sacramento, San Francisco and New York Metropolitan areas. It also markets a popular series of martial arts instructor videos that focus on using family values and positive reinforcement to inculcate life skills along with martial arts proficiency.

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