Top Instructors to Teach Summer Martial Arts Clinic
Alana Dade executes a karate punch.
By Dave Howell
State University Judo/Jujitsu Club, in conjunction with Professional
Martial Arts, Inc., will host the 2005 Summer Martial Arts Clinic at
Stephenson Gymnasium July 16-17.
The clinic will
feature guest instructors from around the country representing more
than a dozen martial arts styles. The event is open to the general public
and does not require any previous experience, specific rank, or style
"I think everyone
will agree that last year's clinic was fun and consisted of some of
the finest instruction around," said Dr. Larry Beard, event coordinator.
"This year's summer clinic will prove to be the best yet.
"This year we will
be working with more assistant instructors to cover each area with plenty
of personal attention. Also in solid hard-working 45 minute blocks of
instruction, be ready to sweat with hard work, then return home with
a wealth of information."
Two of the guest
instructors scheduled to attend the event are Professor John Chambers
and Grandmaster Neal Hummerstone. Professor Chambers has been training
and teaching in the martial arts for more than 50 years. He is the United
States representative for the Republic of Korea Yudo Association. Chambers
holds 9th degree black belts (dans) in both yudo and jujitsu.
"With strong ties
to Judo and continued involvement with multiple martial arts, we consider
Mr. Chambers to be one of their finest advisors, and a pioneer of martial
arts in the United States," Beard said.
Hummerstone has spent more than 45 years practicing the martial arts.
He has researched martial arts in Europe, Japan, Korea and the United
States. He is currently the Soke or "head" of the "Aiki Tora Ryu Aikido"
system. He also holds an 8th dan in jujitsu, a 5th dan in arnis (Pilipino
Stick fighting) and 4th dans in both Impact Kombatan (Pilipino street
fighting) and Iaido (Japanese swordsmanship).
More than a dozen
other instructors from across the country are also lined up to cover 45
minute blocks of instruction aimed at making each participant a better
tactician and martial artist.
Some of the different
styles represented will be karate, jujitsu, aikido, hapkido, muay tai
kickboxing, kung fu, and judo.
"This is a great
time to get to know instructors and other martial arts students and
try out styles that you may have never been able to study before," Beard
said. "If you come, you will return home a better martial artist, so
come show your stuff. The event is free to watch, so bring your video
cameras and be prepared for a wealth of knowledge to take home with
for the event is $35.00 and the price is $40.00 at the door. The cost
for children is $25.00. A banquet will be held following Saturday's
training session at the Baptist Christian Ministries building. Cost
for the dinner is $17.00 per person. For more information, contact Dr.
Larry Beard at 782-5078.
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