| 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.
| Aug 30, 2010
Anton Geesink, who helped make judo a universally popular sport by winning a gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, has died. He was 76.
Geesink died Friday, according to the Dutch state broadcaster NOS. He had spent several weeks in a hospital in his...
| Sep 19, 2010
Imagine being in a judo fight and not being able to see your opponent, or anything at all.
Nicholas Hoekstra knows what that is like. He is a judo fighter from West Michigan who is completely blind.
The University of Michigan graduate lost his eye sight...
| Sep 21, 2010
GLENDALE — As the most monumental fight in Manny Gamburyan's career approaches fast, the tenacious mixed-martial-artist is clearly taking on the magnitude of his title opportunity and the task of facing World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight...
| Mar 11, 2011
| 5:45 PM
The creator of a martial arts museum in Burbank says the new attraction will give the public the back-story on how the martial arts came to America and offer hands-on experiences that will help people learn about Asian culture.
The nonprofit Martial Arts...
| Aug 11, 2011
When Ronda Rousey was but a little girl – shy and hushed – her dad bestowed upon her words to live by.
Tragically, Ron Rousey was dead when Ronda was just 8 years old. His words, however, lived on.
"He's the one that told me I'd win a gold...
| Oct 25, 2011
| 11:32 AM
El Centro seventh-grader Brett Thomason earns the Imperial Valley Press nod as Student of the Month for October for being an upstanding student, volunteer student leader and being heavily involved in community programs and martial arts. See today’...
| 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...
| Jun 15, 2011
| 7:04 PM
A lot of people might ask, what would a kid do with $200?
But one Pay it Forward giver wants to give the money to an 11-year-old girl from Camp Hill.
"She's one of those understanding people who works hard and she is not obnoxious, she doesn't get a lot...
| Jan 30, 2012
| 4:48 PM
With his team more than 100 points ahead of the rest of the field and well on its way to a third straight Chicago Public League championship, Lane coach Mark Miedona took a few minutes to reflect on the last four years.
And give thanks for second...
| 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...