| Feb 27, 2012
| 6:03 PM
Borrowing jargon from the world of professional wrestling — a world in which mixed-martial-arts phenom "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey is not completely unfamiliar with — the Glendale-trained judoka has no doubt taken the role of the heel leading up to...
| Mar 2, 2012
| 7:50 PM
Less than a year ago, Ronda Rousey was broke, with barely enough money to buy food for her dog Mochi and driving a car without air conditioning and a busted window.
Less than a year ago, the former two-time United States Olympian in judo was just...
| Nov 18, 2011
With all the buzz and hype that accompanied Ronda Rousey’s Strikeforce mixed-martial-arts debut, it was rather tepid in comparison to the whirlwind of talking heads and media meet-and-greets that the Glendale-trained grappler has had to deal with as...
| Nov 19, 2011
It was the same story for Ronda Rousey.
It was the same unbelievably impressive, undeniably devastating story for the rapid-rising mixed-martial-arts star.
In just 49 seconds, Rousey secured a gruesome armbar to coax a submission from Julia Budd on...
| Nov 24, 2009
Rena "Rusty" Kanokogi, who once had to disguise herself as a man to compete in judo but whose perseverance was rewarded when she became coach of the U.S. Olympic women's judo team, has died. She was 74.
Kanokogi died Saturday in New York after a three-...
| Dec 4, 2009
Over last few decades Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) has increased enormously in popularity, mostly as a result of the domination of Royce Gracie in the octagon in the early years of the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC). Gracie took on challengers of many...
| Jun 1, 2008
On a Sunday afternoon in March 1970, Dr. George Reardon photographed me in degrading, sexually provocative poses in his office at St. Francis Hospital.
It was just another day for the doctor. Afterward, he stopped at Arthur Drug on Farmington Avenue...
| Jul 15, 2009
An Iranian passenger plane carrying 168 people crashed a quarter-hour after takeoff Wednesday, smashing into a field northwest of the capital and shattering to pieces.
State television said all on board were killed.
The impact gouged a deep trench in...
| Mar 6, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Some competitive wrestlers are known to drop weight in a short amount of time before a competition. They may not be the only athletes to do so, according to a new study that found similar weight loss practices among judo......
| Jan 25, 2009
As a sophomore on Lancaster (Texas) High's basketball team, Jericka Jenkins stood out for several reasons.
She was honing the skills that would lead to district co-offensive player of the year honors from the Dallas Morning News two seasons later. She...
| Jul 20, 2010
Ken Karapetian's judo studio at the Glendale YMCA is not large, but he makes the most out of it.
His judo students warm up by playing an impromptu game of soccer on the studio's padded floors; tiny traffic cones serve as goal posts.
| Jun 4, 2010
"What would be better than walking down any street in any city and knowing you're a champion." — Rocky Marciano
One could likely trace them all the way back to Armenia.
Now they extend into North Hollywood, Van Nuys, Pasadena and Encino.