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Kevin Wolf

Excellent! Congrats to Ken. (Though I miss my karate days.)


I recall my days on the mat fondly. I studied judo and aikido for three years or so as a scrawny (yes, I was skinny once!) adolescent.

I was being beaten up by the local bullies enough that my parents took me to lessons.

I don't recall winning many matches in tournaments, altho I brownbelted in judo, so I must have (aikido was more a sideline).

What I do recall was the confidence it gave me on the street. It's not that I suddenly beat up the bullies singlehandedly, no. What I did do was win a few fights with some of the hangers-on who would bully me after Big Joe and Chris kicked the hell out of me.

Suddenly, Chris and Joe started to think better of beating me up, knowing that they weren't getting as much admiration for leaving scraps around. I learned how to take a punch, how to deflect them and even winning an ippon occasionally and forcing them to change their tactics.

Did I mention they had to start ganging up on me? I guess I should have.

If Ken feels he learned something in losing, then that's karate. Next time, he can use it in another competition.

Karate, like all martial arts, is about the mind and the heart, not the speed or strength. And his mind is clearly a good one, if he inherited it from you and the blonde.

And his heart sure seems strong!


I have no comment on the medal stuff or your son's martial arts involvement.

But I wanted to note your mention of October Sky. I found this movie on tape years ago and fell in love with it. I've watched it several times and the ending always makes me misty eyed. (I have father issues and this movie just speaks to me so much.)

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